My biography of the Austrian-born logician, mathematician, and philosopher Kurt Gödel (1906–1978), Journey to the Edge of Reason, will be published in 2021 by W. W. Norton in the US and Oxford University Press in the UK, and subsequently in German translation by Ullstein.
Stephen Budiansky is the author of eighteen books of biography, history, and science.
In 2011 he was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship in the Creative Arts as a writer of general nonfiction.
Stephen Budiansky grew up in Lexington, Massachusetts, and graduated from Lexington High School. He received a bachelor of science degree in chemistry from Yale University in 1978 and a master of science degree in applied mathematics from Harvard the following year. From 1979 to 1982 he was a magazine editor and radio producer at the American Chemical Society in Washington, D.C.; from 1982 to 1985 he was Washington correspondent and then Washington editor of the scientific journal Nature. After a year as a Congressional Fellow at the U.S. Congress’s Office of Technology Assessment, he joined the staff of U.S. News & World Report, where he worked for the next twelve years in a variety of writing and editing positions, including national security correspondent, foreign editor, and deputy editor.
Since 1998 he has been a full time author and independent scholar.
With his wife, Martha Polkey, he lives on a small farm in Loudoun County, Virginia.