Karin Knorr Cetina is Professor of Sociology at the University of Constance, Germany, Visiting Professor at the University of Chicago, USA, and a member of the Institute for World-Society Studies, University of Bielefeld, Germany. In addition to her three degrees, she has received several honors, including Vienna University's Fellowship for the Gifted. She was a Ford Foundation post-doctoral fellow, a member of the Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton, president of the International Society for Social Studies of Science, and she is a future member of the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences in Palo Alto, CA. She has published numerous papers and books, including Epistemic Cultures: How the Sciences Make Knowledge (1999, Harvard), which received the Ludwik Fleck Prize of the Society for Social Studies of Science and the Robert K. Merton Prize of the American Sociological Association. Among other things, she is currently working on information knowledge in global financial markets and preparing a book which analyzes the impact of the life sciences in connection with other developments on social and cultural change in Western societies. The book will have the title The Culture of Life.