Andrew Robinson, author and editor of the book, holds degrees from Oxford University (in science) and the School of Oriental and African Studies, London. He has written more than a dozen books, for both general and academic readers. These include The Shape of the World, Earthshock, and The Inner Eye, the definitive biography of Satyajit Ray. Since 1994, he has been the literary editor of The Times Higher Education Supplement in London. He lives in London.