David Gelernter

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David Gelernter "is a leading computer scientist and a pioneer in the field of parallel processing. He is also well known for his fiction, art criticism, and social commentary.

"Gelernter is a professor of computer science at Yale University, a contributing editor to the Weekly Standard, a national fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, a senior fellow in Jewish thought at the Shalem Center, Jerusalem, and a former member of the National Council of the Arts. He has lectured widely and published articles in Commentary, ArtNews, Washington Post, Time, Wall Street Journal, Los Angeles Times, Scientific American, and many other publications.

"His research interests include artificial intelligence, philosophy of mind, graphical-user interface design, and distance learning. The coordination language “Linda” that he developed with Nicholas Carriero has been widely used in parallel programming.

"Gelernter’s many books include Mirror Worlds, which some reviewers credit with anticipating the World Wide Web in 1991; The Muse in the Machine; 1939: The Lost World of the Fair; Drawing Life: Surviving the Unabomber; and Americanism: The Fourth Great Western Religion." [1]

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  1. David Gelernter, Encyclopedia Britannica, Inc., accessed January 29, 2008.
  2. The Encyclopædia Britannica Editorial Board of Advisors, Encyclopedia Britannica, accessed January 29, 2008.