Amir D. Aczel is an acclaimed popular science author of numerous books, including several national and international bestsellers. Born in Israel, Aczel spent much of his young life traveling aboard a Mediterranean cruise ship, which his father captained. He credits this experience for inspiring several of his books. Aczel received a BA in mathematics and a Masters in Science from the University of California at Berkeley. He earned his PhD in statistics from the University of Oregon and went on to teach both mathematics and statistics at universities in California, Alaska, Italy, Greece, and Massachusetts, where he is currently a research fellow at Boston University’s Center for Philosophy and History of Science.
His books include The Artist and the Mathematician: The Story of Nicolas Bourbaki, the Genius Mathematician Who Never Existed (2007), Descartes' Secret Notebook: A True Tale of Mathematics, Mysticism, and the Quest to Understand the Universe (2005), God's Equation: Einstein, Relativity, and the Expanding Universe (1999), and Fermat's Last Theorem: Unlocking the Secret of an Ancient Mathematical Problem (1997).
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