Neal Bascomb Neal Bascomb is the author of THE NEW COOL, a story about science, education, and robots.

NEAL BASCOMB has published a number of international and national bestsellers, including The Perfect Mile and Hunting Eichmann. His books have been optioned for film, featured in several documentaries, and translated into ten languages. His latest book THE NEW COOL: A Visionary Teacher, His FIRST Robotics Team, and the Ultimate Battle of Smarts (Crown) comes out on March 1. It's the inspiring story of a team of high school seniors and their mentor, who come together -- not to exercise their athletic prowess -- but to build a machine that will compete in the most heated, sophisticated robotics competition in the world: The FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Robotics Competition, sponsored by genius inventor Dean Kamen, in hopes of jump-starting American innovation for the next generation. Bascomb has also written for the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and Los Angeles Times. He and his wife and their two daughters make their home in Philadelphia. Visit Neal on the Web at