Tijs Goldschmidt (b. 1953) is a writer and essayist, with a background in evolutionary biology. His most famous book, Darwin’s Dreampond (1994) was shortlisted for the AKO Literature Prize and was awarded the prestigious Science Prize from the Dutch Organization for Scientific Research. It was translated into Chinese, German, English, French, Italian, Japanese and Polish. The New York Times called it ‘both unusual and eminently readable’.