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Matthew Battles

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Matthew Battles, a senior researcher with metaLAB (at) Harvard, has written about the cultural dimensions of science and technology for such venues as The Atlantic, The Boston Globe, Harper’s Magazine, and The Wilson Quarterly. Matthew has published extensively on the history and changing roles of libraries in culture; his book Library: an Unquiet History (Norton) is available in eight languages worldwide and has been in print since 2003. In addition, he wrote the official history of Harvard’s Widener library, and is a contributor to the Oxford Companion to the Book. His forthcoming volume, a technological and cultural history of writing entitled Letter by Letter, will appear in Spring 2013. With metaLAB, Matthew fosters research into the critical and curatorial dimensions of technology in art and culture; advances multidisciplinary, collaborative dimensions of scholarly community; and explores innovative models for publishing.

Last updated February 27, 2014