Paul Hoffman

Paul Hoffman

American writer, biographer, journalist and publicist, scientist
Country: USA

  1. Biography of Paul Hoffman
  2. Early Career
  3. Game Designer and Consultant
  4. Writing Career
  5. Current Life

Biography of Paul Hoffman

Paul Hoffman is an American writer, biographer, journalist, and publicist, as well as a scholar and a member of the American Academy of Sciences. He was born in 1956 and attended Harvard University, where he was a member of the Phi Beta Kappa honor society. Hoffman was known for his exceptional intelligence and was even referred to as the "smartest person in the world" by the Chicago magazine.

Paul Hoffman

Early Career

Shortly after graduating from Harvard, Paul Hoffman was invited to work as a journalist and analyst for the scientific journal "Discover," where he quickly rose to the position of editor-in-chief. Around the same time, he also served as the chairman and editor-in-chief of the American publishing company "Encyclopaedia Britannica."

Paul Hoffman

Game Designer and Consultant

In 1984, under the pseudonym Dr. Crypton, Paul became the author of the puzzle game "Treasure: In Search of the Golden Horse," which was a colorful illustrated book. During this time, he also designed a treasure map for the film "Romancing the Stone" starring Michael Douglas and Kathleen Turner. With his inquisitive and assertive mind, Paul served as a consultant for prestigious organizations such as NASA, the National Science Society, the National Academy of Engineering, and the American Association for the Advancement of Science. He appeared on radio and television programs, giving over a hundred interviews and participating in shows on CNN, NPR, BBC, "Good Morning America," and "CBS This Morning." He also co-authored and hosted the television series "Great Minds of Science."

Writing Career

Paul Hoffman is also recognized as a talented writer. He began writing shortly after university and published several scientific works, such as "Timid Virgins Make Dull Company and Other Puzzles, Pitfalls, and Paradoxes," "Archimedes' Revenge: The Joys and Perils of Mathematics," "Essays on Descartes," and "The Wisdom of Crocodiles." In 1988, he met mathematician Paul Erdős, and ten years later, his book "The Man Who Loved Only Numbers: The Story of Paul Erdős and the Search for Mathematical Truth" became an international bestseller, translated into sixteen languages. Hoffman was awarded the Rhone-Poulenc Prize for this work. He also received the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for his book "Wings of Madness: Alberto Santos-Dumont and the Invention of Flight." His latest work, "King's Gambit: A Son, a Father, and the World's Most Dangerous Game," was published in 2007.

Current Life

Paul Hoffman currently resides in Woodstock, New York. He continues to work in television and writes articles for popular American magazines.