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SerendipThe Meaning(s) of Serendip : "a former name for Sri Lanka + -ity. A word coined by Horace Walpole, who says (Let. to Mann, 28 Jan. 1754) that he had formed it upon the title of the fairy-tale `The Three Princes of Serendip', the heroes of which `were always making discoveries, by accidents and sagacity, of things they were not in quest of'."


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Keeping track of Serendip : Serendip's visitors over the years.

 

Born in the summer of 1994, Serendip was conceived as an interacting and developing system, not unlike a living organism.




I
n the fall of 1996, Serendip had organized itself into ten main subject areas (Brain and Behavior, Complex Systems, Genes and Behavior, Science and Culture, Science Education, among others).

Each of these contains interactive exhibits, articles, links to other resources, and a forum area for comments and discussion.

Serendip 1999 had especially grown in Playground, with interactive experiences of a variety of kinds, the Guest Exhibitions section, with additional multimedia material and interactive exhibits, and a Local Resources section. Each of these has its own forum area, and there is a separate forum area for discussion of Serendip itself.

By the end of 2000, Serendip had grown and radiated in multiple directions. Serendip metamorphosed for 2001, acquiring a new navigational system, a more consistent page appearance, and new home pages for each of its major sections. The more inclusive Biology section subsumed Genes and Behavior. A database was added to collect experimental data from contributors (Time to Think) in 2002.

During 2003, Serendip's Home Page changed to suggest different ways to navigate through Serendip's more than 10,000 pages in a non-hierarchical fashion. In teacher workshops, Philadelphia-area teachers were encouraged to create their own Serendip in the "experimental sandbox," Serendip's TWiki Territory. Serendip surpasses a million visitors in 2004.

By 2006, Serendip became yet more expansive in its outreach, publishing articles by and conversations with scholars in anthropology, art history, writing, geology and philosophy, among others. Interacting with and publishing Serendip readers' stories grows, and storytelling across the humanities and sciences, as well as storytelling as a biological process is a major focus.

By the end of 2008, Serendip had published new exhibits and content almost exclusively using content-managed software for over a year, and was able to welcome a much higher degree of reader interactivity than ever before. Serendip surpassed 3 million unique visitors in 2007.

Serendip's Contributors, 1994 - Present
Al Albano
Rebekah Baglini
Amber Baum
John R. Bemis
B.R. Bickmore
Doug Blank
Vaclav Blin
Ava Blitz
Peter Brodfuehrer
Sharon Burgmayer
Bogdan Butoi - webmaster emeritus
Lois Buwalda
Amy Campbell
Kathleen Carter
Craig Chalquist
Jody Cohen
Alison Cook-Sather
Laura Cyckowski
Anne Dalke
Katie DiFelice
Ann Dixon, founder, webmaster
Victor Donnay
Jakub Dvorsky
Lindon Eaves
Bob Farber
David Alan Feingold
Christine Florio
Panama Geer
D.A. Grandy
Paul Grobstein, founder, Serendip vision
Rachel Grobstein, artwork
Robin Harley
Michelle Herman
Howard Hoffman
Andrew Hollander
Tony Kaney
David Karen
Patricia Kinser
Sarah Klaum
Michael Krausz
Deepak Kumar - founder
Lili LeGardeur
Ursula LeGuin
Alice Lesnick
Felicia Lew
Windy Lundy
Arlene McCormack
Elizabeth McCormack
Ray McDermott
James Martin
Xenia Morin
Liz Nutting
Ellen Orleans
Jeff Oristaglio
Yaena Park
Selene Platt
Su-Lyn Poon
Eric Raimy
Jan Richard, webmaster emeritus
Milan Radojic
Sasha Schwartz
Penny Schwind
Gautam Sen
Chris Shelton
Kate Shiner
Nicole Smith
Janna Stern
Kristine Stiles
Pilou Thirakoul
Rufus Timberlake
Christine Tubiak
Nia Turner
Hervé Varenne
Ingrid Waldron
Susan White
Mary Wilson
Ted Wong
Robert Wozniak
James Wright

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