Andrew Zimmerman Jones is an author of non-fiction and fiction, mostly in the areas of science and science fiction. His writing takes complex scientific and philosophical concepts, translating them into terms that are accessible to all readers.
Andrew grew up in Vincennes, Indiana. From an early age, his favorite hobby was reading. Both of his parents were teachers, as was his maternal grandmother, which helped solidify the importance of education in his life.
Andrew joined American Mensa in the eighth grade, largely because his favorite author, Isaac Asimov, was also a member. This was also about the time he decided to become a writer. He started work on his first novel, which remains uncompleted to this day. At age 16, he was admitted into the Indiana Academy of Science, Mathematics, and Humanities in Muncie, Indiana, and kissed a girl for the first time, so writing took back seat for a few years.
After this, he matriculated to Wabash College, an all-male liberal arts college in central Indiana. During this time, his fiction writing continued to fall off as he focused on studies and other activities, including his participation as an officer in the Tau Kappa Epsilon fraternity. In 1998, he received the Harold Q. Fuller Prize in Physics. During the summer of 1998, he completed a research internship at the Indiana University Cyclotron Facility. He graduated from Wabash College in 1999 with a degree in Physics and minors in Mathematics & Philosophy.
Upon graduation, Andrew moved to Detroit, Michigan, to work for Project SEED, a non-profit organization that provides socratic education in advanced mathematics to inner city elementary and middle school students. During the five years he worked with Project SEED, he was chosen twice to help coordinate the creation of new Project SEED offices in other cities. His greatest achievement during this time was teaching calculus to a seventh grade class in Pontiac, Michigan. In this role he not only presented lessons on a daily basis to students, but also provided educational consulting & mentoring to the teaching staff.
In 2004, he moved back to central Indiana and began working in the educational publishing industry, as a mathematics assessment expert. In this capacity, Andrew has worked as a lead designer on the mathematics assessment tests in four states, and consulted on about a half dozen other state assessments.
During this time, Andrew continued freelance writing. He studied science fiction writing at the Banff Centre for the Arts' "Writing With Style" workshop under Hugo- and Nebula-award winning author Robert J. Sawyer in fall 2005.
Andrew became the About.com Physics Guide in 2006. In that capacity, he has written, edited, and maintained the physics content on the site: hundreds of articles, essays, blog posts, definitions, news articles, and other material.
His first book, String Theory for Dummies, was released in November 2009. It is a plain-language guide to the most complex scientific concept ever created, explaining the pros and cons of this controversial theory in ways that are accessible to anyone, regardless of previous scientific knowledge.