Piero Scaruffi

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Piero Scaruffi
Nationality Italian
Known for Science, music, arts, history, informatics

Piero Scaruffi (born 1955) is a freelance software consultant and university lecturer[1] who maintains a music website on which his reviews are published.[1] Scaruffi has created his own publishing society called Omniware[2] that exclusively releases his books about music and science.[3][4][5]

Scaruffi's website was the subject of a 2006 article by Dan Morrell in The New York Times.[1]


Scaruffi received a degree in Mathematics in 1982 from University of Turin,.[1] For a number of years he worked for Olivetti on artificial intelligence. He has been a visiting scholar at Harvard University and Stanford University (conducting research on Artificial Intelligence and Cognitive Science), lectured on "The Nature of Mind" and "History of Knowledge" (most recently at U.C. Berkeley), and published on artificial intelligence and cognitive science, including Thinking About Thought (2003) and The Nature of Consciousness (2006).

His work aims to bridge artificial intelligence, mathematics, science and art. As a software consultant, he worked on Internet applications, Artificial Intelligence and Object-Orientated design in Silicon Valley. He is an Italian naturalized American.

He also writes about music. He has self-published books on Omniware, a publishing company of which he is also the president and founder.[2] Omniware has so far exclusively released books by Scaruffi.[3][4][5] He published books about the history of rock music, jazz, avant garde music and modern popular music. One of them, A History of Rock Music, 1951-2000, self-published on iUniverse in 2003, spans 50 years of the genre;[6] Scaruffi estimated that it had sold 1,500 copies by 2006.[1] His writings on music are hosted online on his own website, scaruffi.com, and include a history of jazz and a history of modern classical music. The website, especially its music section, was the subject of an article in The New York Times by Dan Morrell on October 15, 2006.[1] Morrell noted the "staggering" volume of Scaruffi's work, given that the site is "a one-man operation".[1]

From 2000 to 2003 he was a member of the Governing Board of Directors of the journal Leonardo.[7] He chaired, among others, the Big Bang conference of June 2008 at UC-Berkeley.[8] He has compiled an extensive "Annotated Bibliography of Mind-Related" Topics", as well. In 2006, he lived in Redwood City.[1]

He has been running the Leonardo Art Science Evenings (LASERS) at the University of San Francisco and Stanford University since 2008. He also runs the interdisciplinary quarterly events SMMMASH at Stanford University. Scaruffi is involved in organising and moderating events for Stanford Continuing Studies.[9]



  1. ^ a b c d e f g h Morrell, Dan (15 October 2006). "The Greatest Web Site of All Time". New York Times. Retrieved 17 October 2013. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f Omniware. Scaruffi.com. retrieved 18-1-2014
  3. ^ a b "Onmiware books on Book-info". Book-info.com. Retrieved 20-1-14
  4. ^ a b "Onmiware books on Tower.com". Tower.com. Retrieved 20-1-14
  5. ^ a b "Onmiware books on Openlibrary". Openlibrary. Retrieved 20-1-14
  6. ^ Jablon, Robert (19 January 2012). "Johnny Otis of 'Willie and the Hand Jive' dies". Boston.com. Boston Globe Electronic Publishing Inc. Retrieved 29 November 2013. 
  7. ^ page of Leonardo Journal announcing new Governing Board Members (December 2000) [1]
  8. ^ Leonardo/ISAST: Leonardo Day at Berkeley Big Bang 2008
  9. ^ Watkins, Marshall (20 January 2012). "Bay Area thinkers ponder 'life'". The Stanford Daily. Retrieved 29 November 2013. 

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