Musser did his undergraduate studies in electrical engineering and mathematics at Brown University and his graduate studies in planetary science at Cornell University, where he was a National Science Foundation Graduate Fellow. His thesis work modeled mantle convection on Venus in order to explain broad plateaus, known as coronae, mapped by the Magellan orbiter. Musser served as editor of Mercury magazine and of the Universe in the Classroom tutorial series at the Astronomical Society of the Pacific, a science and science-education nonprofit based in San Francisco.
A number of articles Musser solicited and edited have appeared in The Best American Science Writing and The Best American Science & Nature Writing anthologies. He was the originator and one of the lead editors for the single-topic issue "A Matter of Time," Scientific American (Sept. 2002), which won a National Magazine Award for editorial excellence, and he coordinated the single topic issue "Crossroads for Planet Earth," Scientific American (Sept. 2005), which won a Global Media Award from the Population Institute and was a National Magazine Award finalist. In 2010, Musser won the Jonathan Eberhart Planetary Sciences Journalism Award from the Division for Planetary Sciences for his science writing on planetary sciences. In 2011, Musser won the Science Writing Award from the American Institute of Physics for his article "Could Time End?" in the September 2010 issue of Scientific American. His book Spooky Action at a Distance: The Phenomenon That Reimagines Space and Time--and What It Means for Black Holes, the Big Bang, and Theories of Everything was published in 2015.
- 2015 Spooky Action at a Distance, Farrar, Straus and Giroux
- Musser, George (June 2010). "A simple twist of fate". Scientific American. 302 (6): 9–10. doi:10.1038/scientificamerican0610-14.
- — (June 2010). "Extra dimensions". Scientific American. 302 (6): 23. doi:10.1038/scientificamerican0610-39.
- George Musser, "Artificial Imagination: How machines could learn creativity and common sense, among other human qualities", Scientific American, vol. 320, no. 5 (May 2019), pp. 58–63.
- Musser G., 2008, The Complete Idiot’s Guide to String Theory, Alpha publish., ISBN 978-1592577026
- Musser G., 2015, Spooky Action at a Distance: The Phenomenon That Reimagines Space and Time--and What It Means for Black Holes, the Big Bang, and Theories of Everything, Farrar, Straus and Giroux, ISBN 978-0374298517
- Mensa Colloquium 2006: Revolution in Cosmology
- "Crossroads for Planet Earth Seminar Proceedings" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2008-05-11. Retrieved 2008-09-27.
- "American Institute of Physics announces winners of the 2011 AIP Science Communication Awards". Archived from the original on 2011-12-01. Retrieved 2011-10-15.
- Spooky Action at a Distance: The Phenomenon That Reimagines Space and Time--and What It Means for Black Holes, the Big Bang, and Theories of Everything, Scientific American. Accessed September 2, 2018. "He lives in Glen Ridge, New Jersey, with his wife and daughter."
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