A science journalist whose writing has earned him a reputation for cracking the often-mystifying code of biological science for the lay reader, Steve Olson’s 2002 National Book Award-nominated work boldly steps up to the ambitious task of Mapping Human History.
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Suburban Washington, D.C.
Date of Birth:
September 5, 1956
Place of Birth:
San Diego, California
B.A. in Physics, Yale University, 1978
|Count Down: Six Kids Vie for Glory at the World's Toughest Math Competition|
Every summer, six top math students (selected from a pool of nearly a half-million American teens) compete against the world's best puzzle-solvers at the The International Mathematical Olympiad. For his latest offering, Olson followed the six 2001 contestants from the rigoros of tryouts to the Olympiad's intense final rounds.
|Olson's Inspirations||2002 National Book Award Finalist|
In an interview with Barnes & Noble.com, Olson chose Thomas Pynchon's Gravity's Rainbow as the book that has most inspired him. Explains Olson, "Pynchon showed me that the literary imagination could encompass science -- and that science was therefore a legitimate object of literary attention." Other favorites of Olson include Madeleine L'Engle's A Wrinkle in Time, Don Quixote by Miguel Cervantes, and The Last Picture Show by Larry McMurtry.
|Mapping Human History: Genes, Race, and Our Common Origins|
Steve Olson, Steve Olson
In his ambitious review of over 150,000 years of human history, Olson uses new findings in genetics to reveal the actual origins of mankind. Sweeping across the continents, Olson begins with an explication of our African origins, and tracks the migration patterns of our forefathers across the globe, with some myth-busting results.