In college, Barry Libin was a science and history major, aware of the irony that science led to the future and history returned to the past. Those interests remained with him. He went to dental school, like his father, and after a number of years retired from his practice and went into pharmaceutical research, seeking more effective means of treating disease. But his interest in history remained, and he began to write historical novels. History in school can be quite dry, but he felt that by embedding history within a good story the lesson could be more effectively taught His first book, THE MYSTERY OF THE MILTON MANUSCRIPT (Urim) took four years of research but introduces the reader to John Milton, one of the greatest minds in English history and his great epic poem, Paradise Lost. His new novel, THE VATICAN'S VAULT (Sunbury Press), which took three years of research, is a mystery that introduces the reader to the search for the great Temple Treasure of King Solomon.