Jeffrey Bennett

Jeffrey Bennett is a well-known astronomer, teacher and writer. He writes for audiences ranging from elementary school children to college faculties. Among his numerous awards for writing and teaching, is the American Institute of Physics Science Communications Award. 

He has written six critically acclaimed books for the general public: On the Cosmic Horizon, Beyond UFOs, Math for Life, What is Relativity, On Teaching Science, and A Global Warming Primer. 

For children, Dr. Bennett is the creator and author of the award-winning series “Science Adventures with Max the Dog.” This five-book series was selected as the first set of books to be launched to the International Space Station. They’ve been read by astronauts for children around the world. His latest book children’s book, I,  

Humanity was launched into space as well as his textbook The Cosmic Perspective for a total of seven books launched into space. He has developed educational scale models of the solar system. 

He is the lead author of best-selling college textbooks in four areas – astronomy, mathematics, statistics and astrobiology. His textbooks have sold over 1.5 million copies.


Dr. Bennett has donated over 25,000 copies of his books to teachers and school libraries in more than sixty countries, through his “Max Goes to Schools.” He is actively engaged in outreach through public speaking. He is a leading supporter of Story Time from Space and the Voyage National Program. He recently began a “free visit program” in which he plans to visit one community per month through 2021.

The Max Science Adventure series books break down the boundary that has traditionally separated large format picture books from books that focus on science education. The beautifully illustrated stories appeal to all ages as Max (the dog) and his friends use their space adventures to bring a message of inspiration and hope to the human race. At the same time, “Big Kid Box” sidebars provide older children and parents with clear explanations of the sophisticated science that lies behind the scenes. The books always conclude with an activity suitable for family or classroom use.

“…a perfect springboard for many discussions, experiments, and lessons.” — National Science Teachers Association

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