Before joining Microsoft, Nathan was a postdoctoral fellow in the department of applied mathematics and theoretical physics at Cambridge University, and he worked with Professor Stephen Hawking. He earned a doctorate in theoretical and mathematical physics and a master's degree in mathematical economics from Princeton University, and he also has a master's degree in geophysics and space physics and a bachelor's degree in mathematics from UCLA.
His most recent accomplishment is creating and co-authoring the award-winning cookbook, Modernist Cuisine, which was published in March 2011. Currently slated for an October 2012 release date is Modernist Cuisine at Home, which takes modernist cooking techniques and makes them more accessible to the home cook.
Nathan is a prolific author. Although "author" has never been a formal day job, his memos and research papers are often people's first introduction to Nathan. Read some of his essays & columns or books of which he has co-authored, contributed or authored.