SCOTT A. OLSEN, Ph.D.
Professor of Philosophy & Religion at the College of Central Florida.
Scott first received international acclaim by successfully decoding the geometric mysteries of Plato. His book, The Golden Section: Nature’s Greatest Secret received rave reviews, and in 2007 was awarded a 1st place for design by the Bookbinders’ Guild of New York. A life-long student of the Ancient Wisdom, he has studied under physicist David Bohm, world religion expert Huston Smith, sacred geometers Keith Critchlow & John Michell, and esotericist Dr. Douglas Baker. A member and national lecturer for the Theosophical Society in America, Scott lectures widely on the Perennial Philosophy (in both its ancient and modern forms) with special emphasis on the Divine Proportion and transformative states of consciousness. In 2009 he assisted Alexey Stakhov with his highly acclaimed book, The Mathematics of Harmony: From Euclid to Contemporary Mathematics and Computer Science. He is working on his new book, Divine Proportion: the Mathematical Perfection of the Universe, due out in the spring of 2014. In 2012 Scott travelled twice to the Library of Alexandria, Egypt where he presented a workshop in June on The Philosopher Mathematicians of Alexandria: Euclid and Hypatia for the New York Open Center’s “Esoteric Quest for Ancient Alexandria: Greco-Egyptian Birthplace of the Western Mind,” and in October presented a paper on The Golden Section: Roots, Rediscovery and Relevance for Modern Physics. In November he travelled to Shanghai, China where he presented The Golden Mean Solution to Dark Energy at the Mini-Symposia on Dark Energy, which he also chaired.
In June, 2013 he will presents the plenary paper, Archimedes and the 13 Semi-Regular Solids on the Isle of Ortigia, Siracusa, Sicily for the New York Open Center’s 2013 Esoteric Quest for Sicily.
Applying his knowledge of proportional symmetry in physique competition, Scott won 1st place as Mr. Minneapolis, Mr. Twin Cities, Mr. Gainesville, Mr. Northeast Florida, and the national New York open title, Mr. Apollo. A member of the Florida Bar, he resides in Ocala, Florida.
1983: Ph.D., Philosophy, University of Florida; Dissertation: The Pythagorean Plato and the Golden Section: a Study in Abductive Inference
1982: JD, University of Florida
1977: MA, Philosophy, University of London, Birkbeck College; (philosophy of science thesis: The Collapse of Continuous Space-Time)
1975: BA cum laude, Philosophy & Sociology, University of Minnesota; Honors Thesis: Platonic Aesthetics