Dr Peter Bentley is one of the most creative thinkers working in computer science today. He is Senior Research Fellow and College Teacher at the Department of Computer Science, University College London. He is known for his prolific research covering all aspects of Evolutionary Computation and Digital Biology. He is the author of the popular science book Digital Biology (Simon and Schuster USA), and editor of the books Evolutionary Design by Computers, Creative Evolutionary Systems and On Growth, Form and Computers. He is a regular contributor to programming on BBC Radio 4.
Colin Beveridge can't understand why maths isn't the most popular subject on the planet, and spends his life trying to make it so. After a PhD from St Andrews, he worked on NASA's Living With A Star program before returning to the UK in 2008. When he's not writing, teaching, or speaking about maths, he's looking after his young sons or running on south Dorset's excellent cycle path network.
Luciana Bianchi is a food writer and trained chef with a background in molecular science. She has worked in Michelin-starred restaurants, cooked for celebrities, interviewed most of the top international chefs, and has published work in 14 countries. Luciana is a member of the Guild of Food Writers UK, a contributor to the website of The World's 50 Best Restaurants, and a writer for the Italian International Food Guide, Identità Golose. A frequent traveller and food researcher based in the UK, she divides her time between Latin America and Europe. With more than 20 years experience in the field, she is a gastronomy consultant for M&C Saatchi, and an Associate Lecturer at the Basque Culinary Centre. Her articles and micro-blogging have thousands of followers in social networks.
Matthew Biggs trained at The Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, has presented numerous television programmes, notably Channel 4's Garden Club, and is a regular panellist on BBC Radio 4's Gardeners' Question Time. He has written several books, including the recently revised Complete Book of Vegetables and the Eden Project's Gardening at Eden and how to do it at home. Matthew contributes to several magazines, including the RHS's The Garden, BBC Gardeners' World, and Gardens Illustrated. He lectures at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, Oxford University Botanic Gardens, and the Cookery School of Michelin-starred chief Jean-Christophe Novelli, and is course Director of the Plants and Plantsmanship course at the English Gardening School.
Richard Bird has practiced gardening since childhood and is the author of over thirty books including Garden Answers: Ponds, Garden Answers: Pruning, and Small Garden Solutions, all published by Hamlyn. He has edited a number of gardening magazines and also lectures widely as well as doing regular radio broadcasts.
Yvonne Bishop's interest in vegetarian nutrition led to key roles at Holland & Barrett health food chain, Crank's wholefood restaurant and The Food Doctor. Yvonne lives in London.
Tony Weston's vegan guestshouse in Scotland won the Vegetarian Hotel of the Year Award in 1995. He is also the author of the groundbreaking vegan cookbook Rainbows & Wellies. Tony has worked for the british Vegetarian Society and now works for the Vegan Society. Tony now lives in East Sussex.
Louise Blair is a home economist and food stylist who specialises in healthy recipes. She was a consultant for Diabetes UK and is the author of a number of books including Quick Cooking for Diabetes and Low-GI Cookbook, both published by Hamlyn.
Bella Blissett is a Features writer for the Evening Standard working primarily on fashion, health and beauty spreads. She has covered everything from fitness and nutrition to the organic beauty movement and cosmetic surgery - as well as testing London's latest beauty and holistic health treatments. She coordinates and styles photographic shoots and commissions major interviews with celebrities from the health and beauty industry.
Petra Boase is a top UK designer and stylist with over 15 books to her name. She regularly appears on the BBC's Change That and her work sells through the Conran Shop, Liberty's of London, and Barney's in New York.
Angela Boggiano is an experienced writer and food stylist who has worked for numerous magazines, including BBC Good Food, Olive, Delicious, Vegetarian Good Food Magazine, Food and Travel, and the Guardian magazine. She has worked as a food stylist on a range of TV programmes including the Nigella Bites Series, Ainsley's Big Cook Out, Meals in Minutes and Friends For Dinner.
UK-born SIMON BOND currently lives in South Korea, and has been living and travelling in Asia for the last five years. Recording his experiences through photography with a strikingly graphic style, he is known for his ability to find great photos in seemingly mundane locations, and his work has been published and exhibited in both the UK and in South Korea.
Neil Bone was Director of the British Astronomical Association Meteor Section and winner of the British Astronomical Association's Merlin Medal for his contribution to the advancement of astronomy. Neil died in April 2009 - a team of his friends and colleagues have completed the updates that he began for this revised edition.
Susanna Booth is a journalist with over 10 years' experience on health and lifestyle titles. She has always had an interest in food and worked as a cookery columnist for the Guardian newspaper, creating recipes that are free from ingredients like gluten, dairy, eggs, nuts and soya. Susanna graduated from Leeds University with a degree in Polymer Chemistry, which has helped her to explore the chemistry within cooking itself. This experience helps her to adapt common recipes to suit gluten-free requirements.
Harry Borden is one of the most celebrated portrait photographers working today. His pictures have featured in some of the world's leading magazines, including The New Yorker, Time, Vogue, American GQ, Das Magazin, Le Nouvel Observateur and Stern. Harry has won prizes at the World Press Photo awards (1997 and 1999) and was a judge in the contest in 2010 and 2011. In June 2005 he was awarded a solo exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery, London; the gallery now has more than 100 examples of Harry's work in its permanent collection. His personal project on Holocaust survivors was shortlisted for the European Publishers Award in 2014. In the same year, Harry was awarded an Honorary Fellowship by the Royal Photographic Society.
Lindsey Bowden is the founder and producer of the Twin Peaks UK festival, now in its sixth year.
Daniela Bowker, author and curator of this book, is a noted photography journalist and photographer with a keen eye for digital art. She is co-author of Ilex's Photo School: Composition and a featured writer on the popular photography blog Pixiq.com.
Peter Boxall is a senior lecturer in English Literature at the University of Sussex. He has published widely on drama and twentieth-century fiction and contributes regularly to journals such as The Yearbook of English Studies. He has recently published a Reader's Guide to Samuel Beckett's drama and current projects include co-editing The Year's Work in Critical and Cultural Theory, Don DeLillo: The Possibility of Fiction and a monograph on contemporary fiction, Since Beckett.
Carolyn Boyes is a writer, trainer, speaker and life coach with an expertise in Eastern spiritual traditions as a path to self-development. Carolyn has studied and worked in Japan, Hong Kong and Taiwan and has authored ten books on subjects including cosmic ordering, NLP and psychic development.
Genevieve Brading is an experienced cross-stitcher and the brains behind Floss & Mischief, an online emporium of all things needlework.