Simon Winchester, best-selling author, journalist, and broadcaster, has written 21 books, including the best-sellersThe Professor and the Madman, an account of the men behind the Oxford English Dictionary, and The Map that Changed the World, about the nineteenth-century geologist William Smith. Known as a masterful and riveting storyteller, his most recent book is The New York Times best-seller The Man Who Loved China: The Fantastic Story of the Eccentric Scientist Who Unlocked the Mysteries of the Middle Kingdom, the remarkable story of Joseph Needham, whose work in China unveils the epic story of that fascinating country.
Simon Winchester studied geology at Oxford and has written for Conde Nast Traveler, Smithsonian, and National Geographic. Winchester was named an honorary fellow at St. Catherine's College, Oxford in October, 2009 and received an honorary degree from Dalhousie University in October 2010
He is the author of A Crack in the Edge of the World, Krakatoa, The Map That Changed the World, The Professor and the Madman, The Fracture Zone, Outposts, Korea, among many other titles. He lives in Massachusetts and in the Western Isles of Scotland.
Simon Winchester, best-selling author, journalist, and broadcaster, shares how the travels of western explorers at the Dunhuang ancient monuments in China lead to the recovery of the world's first publication: the Diamond Sutra.