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A professor of computer science at Yale University, an essayist, and a painter, David Gelernter is also chief design officer at UR Inc., a new internet education company. He developed (with Nicolas Carriero) a coordination language called “Linda” that is widely used for parallel and distributed programming. His book Mirror Worlds (1991) is often described as foreseeing the rise of the worldwide web. Dr. Gelernter is a graduate of Yale, where he earned a B.A. and an M.A. in classical Hebrew literature; he received his Ph.D. in computer science from the State University of New York at Stony Brook in 1982, the year he returned to Yale as an assistant professor. He has been at Yale ever since. His ongoing research interests include applied artificial intelligence, philosophy of mind, and information management. He is a former member of the board of directors of the National Endowment for the Arts and is currently a national fellow of the American Enterprise Institute and a senior fellow in Jewish thought at the Shalem Institute in Jerusalem. In addition to many articles published in scholarly journals, essays in other publications, and two textbooks on software, he is the author, since Mirror Worlds, of The Muse in the Machine: Computerizing the Poetry of Human Thought (1994), the novel 1939: The Lost World of the Fair (1995), Drawing a Life (1997), a memoir, and Machine Beauty: Elegance and the Heart of Technology, a study of aesthetics and technology, which was published by Basic Books in 1998. His novella, Swan House, was published in Commentary last year. Two new books, The Biblical Republic (Doubleday) and Judaism Beyond Words (Shalem) will be published in 2007. His paintings have been exhibited at several shows (“Recent Works,” 2001, and “Hebrew and Greek,” 2005) at Yale’s Slifka Gallery.