Ozan Varol is a rocket scientist turned award-winning
professor, author, and podcast host. A native of Istanbul, Turkey,
he moved to America to major in astrophysics at Cornell University,
then served on the operations team for the 2003 Mars Exploration
Rovers project. Varol later became a law professor at Lewis & Clark
University and wrote The Democratic Coup d'Etat, published
by Oxford University Press.
Varol's articles have appeared in outlets such as the Wall Street Journal, Newsweek, BBC, TIME, CNN, Washington Post, Slate, and Foreign Policy. He blogs weekly on his website, ozanvarol.com and is a regular contributor to Ladders and Heleo. His work is also frequently featured on Flipboard. Through these platforms, his articles reach millions of readers each month. A sought-after public speaker, Varol has given countless radio and television interviews, and delivered keynote speeches both to small and large crowds at major corporations, nonprofits, and government institutions.
"Varol's polymathic background--rocket scientist, law professor,
public speaker--makes him an engaging guide for this book, which
cannily blends memoir, pop science, and self-help manual...A
charming and insightful airplane read on innovation."--Kirkus
"Smart and witty, Varol's masterful analysis explains complicated scientific principles and connects them to ordinary life for a mainstream audience."--Publishers Weekly
"When the stakes are high, the unknowns are threatening, and the problems seem insurmountable, you need a superhero -- which means you need Ozan Varol. He'll show you how to master the cognitive skills of a rocket scientist. And by the time you finish reading his endlessly fascinating book, your thinking will be bigger, better, and bolder."--Daniel H. Pink, New York Times-bestselling author of When, Drive, and A Whole New Mind
"The rocket scientists I know are technical, of course. But they are also among the biggest dreamers the world has ever seen. Ozan Varol has written a fascinating, practical, and mind-expanding book about how we can all benefit from thinking like a rocket scientist. This book will make you look at the world with a different lens and will help you make your own seemingly crazy moonshot a reality."
--Julian Guthrie, New York Times-bestselling author of How to Make a Spaceship, The Billionaire and the Mechanic, and Alpha Girls
"Thinking like a rocket scientist is not rocket science! Packed with witty writing, insightful advice, and invigorating stories, this must-read book will change the way you see the world--and empower you to change the world itself."--Susan Cain, New York Times-bestselling author of Quiet
"This is not just an engrossing read--it's bursting with practical insights. Ozan Varol's dazzling debut might change how you approach problems. Houston, this book has solutions."--Adam Grant, New York Times-bestselling author of Originals and Give and Take, and host of the TED podcast WorkLife
"You're smarter than you think. Ozan Varol makes a compelling case for each of us to level up and to contribute at a level we've talked ourselves out of."--Seth Godin, New York Times-bestselling author of This Is Marketing