Mark Anderson (born August 13, 1967) is an American journalist and author. He has written for Harper's, The Boston Globe, Wired, Science, and the Rolling Stone, and is also a regular contributor to New Scientist and Wired News. Anderson has a Master of Science degree in astrophysics.
Anderson's first book, "Shakespeare" by Another Name (Gotham Books, 2005), promulgates the Oxfordian theory that the Elizabethan court poet-playwright Edward de Vere, 17th Earl of Oxford wrote the works conventionally attributed to William Shakespeare. The book is the first Oxfordian literary biography – connecting de Vere's life and times to Shakespeare's plays and poems.
Anderson's second book, The Day the World Discovered the Sun (Da Capo Press, 2012), covers the historical adventures involved in, and the build-up surrounding, the 1761 and 1769 transits of Venus. The book details, in addition to the myriad far-flung voyages to record the transits, the critical leaps in progress made in oceanic navigation, and in astronomical calculations such as the precise distance from the earth to the sun, during this fruitful period.
- With Roger Stritmatter, “Letter to the Smithsonian re Edward de Vere‘s Geneva Bible” The Shakespeare Oxford Newsletter 31(2a)(Spring 1995): 8-9.