About the Author

Doomsday Book cover

Marshall Brain is best known as the founder of HowStuffWorks.com, an award-winning website purchased by Discovery Channel for $250 million. In “The Doomsday Book”, Brain is able to bring all of his HowStuffWorks knowledge to bear on 25 doomsday scenarios that will be catastrophic for humanity unless we find ways to solve them. Brain explains both the scenarios themselves and the science behind them in a way that brings them to life like never before. The unfortunate reality is that several of these doomsday scenarios have already begun, and unless humanity changes course immediately we will watch their destructive power unfold in real time. So the book discusses important mitigation steps that we must take as well.

Marshall Brain is a well-known public speaker with the ability to deliver complex material in an easy-going, understandable way. Brain has appeared on radio and TV programs nationwide. He has been featured on outlets like CNN, Good Morning America, Modern Marvels and The Oprah Winfrey Show. He has also hosted the prime-time show “Factory Floor with Marshall Brain” on the NatGeo Channel.

In addition to creating HowStuffWorks, Brain is the author of more than a dozen books as well as a number of widely known web publications including :

  • The Engineering Book
  • Manna, Two Views of Humanity’s Future
  • The Day You Discard Your Body
  • How God Works
  • The Second Intelligent Species
  • Imagining Elon Musk’s Million Person Mars Colony
  • How Stuff Works
  • More How Stuff Works
  • What If?
  • How Much Does the Earth Weigh
  • The Teenager’s Guide to the Real World
  • Robotic Nation
  • And many others…

Brain earned a B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and a M.S. degree in Computer Science from North Carolina State University. Today he is riding out the COVID-19 pandemic in Cary, NC with his wife and four kids.

Learn more at MarshallBrain.com.