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Benjamin B. Olshin

Benjamin B. Olshin is a scholar, author, and consultant with over a decade of experience in education, research, international consulting, and design work in the U.S., Asia, Europe, and Latin America. His areas of expertise include Eastern / Western philosophy, the history and philosophy of science and technology, design, and cross-cultural management. He has an extensive global background and is multi-lingual, with facility in French, Italian, Portuguese, and Mandarin Chinese. Dr. Olshin has published and presented work in the U.S., Canada, Brazil, Egypt, Ghana, Taiwan, Japan, and Indonesia. His most recent books are Deciphering Reality: Simulations, Tests, and Designs (Leiden: Brill, 2017), about physics, philosophy, and the nature of reality, and Lost Knowledge: The Concept of Vanished Technologies and Other Human Histories (Leiden: Brill, 2019), about how myth and other early narrative forms attempt to describe technological ideas ranging from flight to remote communication. His 2014 book, The Mystery of the ‘Marco Polo’ Maps, presented a history of cartography investigation into a series of documents apparently related to the family of this famed explorer.