Gerd Essays

A native of Bonn / Germany and now residing in Switzerland, Gerd has spent over twenty-five years in the technology and entertainment industries, both in the U.S. as well as in Europe, and recently, in Asia. In 2005, Gerd co-authored the critically acclaimed book "The Future of Music" which has become a must-read for music industry professionals around the globe, and which is now available in German, Italian, and Japanese. Gerd's many clients include France Telecom / Orange, German Telecom, the EBU and ABU, SonyBMG, the BBC, RTL, Granada International, Nokia-Siemens, ITV, Unisys, Gracenote, AIM / Impala, MediaCorp Singapore, SUISA and the European Commission. He is much in demand as a speaker at many leading events and conferences around the globe, and is considered a leading blogger and visionary. Gerd is an expert on the drastic changes that are impacting content, media and communication companies as a consequence of the rapid deployment of new, disruptive technologies, and of convergence. His hard-hitting yet inspiring presentations address issues such as the advent of the user-creator (aka the Usator, a term coined by Gerd) and the 'people formerly known as consumers', the attention economy in media, the wisdom of the masses and the rise of user-generated content, content syndication and pull-vs-push media, new business models for digital content, the culture of participation in media, copyright versus usage right, and the consequences of mass media becoming personal media. Gerd is equally fluent in technology, legal issues, social and cultural contexts, business models and general trends that affect media and communications. Gerd is also a digital media and Internet entrepreneur; he currently is Co-Founder and CEO of Sonific LLC, a San Francisco based company that provides music applications and widgets for blogs, social networks and online communities. In addition, Gerd works with select cutting-edge start-ups and new ventures in the entertainment and technology industries worldwide, as well as with investors and Venture Capitalists. Gerd holds a Jazz Performance (Guitar) Diploma by Berklee College of Music (87), and is the recipient of Berklee's Quincy Jones Jazz Masters Award (1985). He is also a fellow of the Royal Society for the Arts (RSA, London).

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Gerd Buchdahl (12 August 1914 – 17 May 2001) was a German-English philosopher of science.


Buchdahl was born to German-Jewish parents in Mainz; his younger brother, Hans Adolph Buchdahl was a well-known physicist. Both were transported from Britain to Australia as enemy aliens in 1940 on the Dunera. He became the first lecturer in history and philosophy of science at the University of Cambridge. A founding fellow of Darwin College, he became University Reader in 1966 and was the Tarner Lecturer at Trinity College in 1973, speaking on Science and rational structures.[1]

Buchdahl founded the journal Studies in the History and Philosophy of Science.[2]

He was survived by his wife, Nancy, and three sons.


The developing natural sciences were the causal lens through which he viewed and from which he wrote about the consequences on epistemology and the history of metaphysics. His book Metaphysics and the Philosophy of Science. The classical origins: Descartes to Kant (Oxford: Backwell, 1969) detailed interdependencies of philosophy, on one side, and on the other of practical and theoretical natural sciences. It influenced many scholars in their views about (the history of) science and philosophy.

His book Kant and the Dynamics of Reason. Essays on the Structure of Kant's Philosophy (Oxford: Backwell, 1992) shed light upon Kant's critical intellectualism in respect to the then contemporary developments in the sciences, especially for the anglophone world.


  • Buchdahl, Gerd. Article in: Werner Röder/Herbert A. Strauss (Hrsg.): International Biographical Dictionary of Central European Émigrés 1933–1945 (= Biographisches Handbuch der deutschsprachigen Emigration nach 1933). Vol. 2, K. G. Saur Verlag, München 1983.
  • Nick Jardine: Obituary. Gerd Buchdahl (1914–2001): Founding Editor. In: Studies in History and Philosophy of Science 32, 2001, No. 3, p. 401–405.[3]
  • Roger S. Woolhouse: Gerd Buchdahl: Biographical and Bibliographical. In: Roger S. Woolhouse (ed.): Metaphysics and Philosophy of Science in the Seventeenth and Eighteenth Centuries. Essays in Honour of Gerd Buchdahl. Kluwer, Dordrecht 1988, ISBN 90-277-2743-0, p. 1–7.
  • Ulrich Charpa, 'The Cambridge 'Real Gymnasium' and the 'Freie Schule' London - Historical and Philosophical Remarks on Gerd Buchdahl and Karl R. Popper' Leo Baeck Institute Year Book 56 (2011): 269-287


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