Mark Anderson (writer)

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Mark Anderson (born August 13, 1967) is an American journalist and book author. He has written articles on science, history, and technology for a variety of national and international publications and media outlets.[1] He has a bachelor's degree in physics and a master's degree in astrophysics.[1]

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 to Shakespeare's plays and poems.[2]

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.[3][4][5][6] The book won the USA Best Book Award in the History: General category in 2013.[7]


  • Anderson, Mark. Shakespeare by Another Name: The Life of Edward de Vere, Earl of Oxford, the Man Who Was Shakespeare Gotham Books, 2005. ISBN 1592402151
  • Anderson, Mark. The Day the World Discovered the Sun: An Extraordinary Story of Scientific Adventure and the Race to Track the Transit of Venus. Da Capo Press, 2012. ISBN 978-0306820380


  1. ^ a b "Mark Anderson". Huffington Post. Retrieved May 3, 2017.
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  3. ^ Gingerich, Owen (May 17, 2012). "Astronomy: On the track of the transit". Nature. 485 (7398): 305–306. doi:10.1038/485305a. Retrieved May 3, 2017.
  4. ^ Mirsky, Steve. "The Transit of Venus, Part 1". May 30, 2012. "The Transit of Venus, Part 2". May 31, 2012.
  5. ^ Dotinga, Randy. "How the transit of Venus opened the planet to our forefathers". The Christian Science Monitor. May 25, 2012.
  6. ^ Cherry, Steven. "Transit of Venus: The Other Half of the Longitude Story". IEEE Spectrum. May 7, 2012.
  7. ^ "Congratulations to all of the Winners & Finalists of The 2013 USA Best Book Awards!" (PDF). 2013. p. 38. Retrieved May 3, 2017.

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