Trinh Xuan Thuan is born in Hanoi, Vietnam. He studied at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) and at Princeton University where he obtained a Ph.D in Astrophysics. Since 1976, he is a Professor of Astronomy at the University of Virginia and a research associate at the Institut d'Astrophysique in Paris, specializing in extragalactic astronomy. He has written more than a dozen books on Astrophysics and Cosmology for the general public, some of which have been best-sellers and translated into more than 20 languages. His work of popularization of science has been recognized by many international prizes, including the Kalinga Prize awarded by the UNESCO in 2009 and the Cino del Duca world prize awarded by the Insitut de France in 2012. His many books include The Secret Melody (Oxford University Press, 1995), Chaos and Harmony (Oxford Universy Press, 2000, The Quantum and the Lotus (written with Matthieu Ricard, Crown, 2001), The Cosmos and the Lotus (Albin Michel, 2011), Desire of Infinity (Fayard 2013) and Facing the Universe (Autrement, 2014).