Richard D. Brown is Professor of History at the University of Connecticut. He is the author of Modernization: The Transformation of American Life (Hill & Wang, 1976); Knowledge Is Power: The Diffusion of Information in Early America, 1650-1865 (Oxford University Press, I989); and The Strength of a People: The Idea of An Informed Citizenry in America, 1650-1870 (University of North Carolina Press, 1996). Brown works on the social and cultural history of early America. He is presently writing a microhistory of an incest-rape case during the early American Republic.
Alfred D. Chandler Jr. is the Strauss Professor of Business History, Emeritus, at the Graduate School of Business Administration, Harvard University. He is the author of Strategy and Structure (MIT Press, I962), The Visible Hand (Harvard University Press, 1977), Scale and Scope (Harvard University Press, 1990), and other volumes. He has won many prizes, including the Pulitzer and Bancroft Prizes. Chandler is currently studying the way industries have acquired and leveraged their knowledge for strategic and competitive successes.
James W. Cortada is an Executive Consultant with IBM Global Services. He is the author of a number of books on the management and history of information technology. Some of his more recent publications include Before the Computer: IBM, NCR, Burroughs, and Remington Rand and the Industry They Created, 1865-1956 (Princeton University Press, 1993), The Computer in the United States (M. E. Sharpe, 1993), and Best Practices in Information Technology (Prentice‐ Hall, 1998), and, with Thomas S. Hargraves and Edward Wakin, Into the Networked Age: How IBM and Other Firms are Getting There Now (Oxford University Press, 1999). His primary area of historical research is on how businesses used information processing.