George Musser is a staff editor and writer for Scientific American magazine in New York and the author of The Complete Idiot’s Guide to String Theory. He did his undergraduate studies in electrical engineering and mathematics at Brown University and his graduate studies in planetary science at Cornell University, where he was a National Science Foundation Graduate Fellow. His thesis work modeled mantle convection on Venus in order to explain broad plateaus, known as coronae, mapped by the Magellan orbiter. Musser served as editor of Mercury magazine and of the Universe in the Classroom tutorial series at the Astronomical Society of the Pacific, a science and science-education nonprofit based in San Francisco.
A number of articles Musser solicited and edited have appeared in The Best American Science Writing and The Best American Science & Nature Writing anthologies. He was the originator and one of the lead editors for the single-topic issue “A Matter of Time,” Scientific American (Sept. 2002), which won a National Magazine Award for editorial excellence, and he coordinated the single topic issue “Crossroads for Planet Earth,” Scientific American (Sept. 2005), which won a Global Media Award from the Population Institute and was a National Magazine Award finalist. In 2010, George won the Jonathan Eberhart Planetary Sciences Journalism Award from the Division for Planetary Sciences for his science writing on planetary sciences.