Paul Parsons is a quantitative analyst with the British bookmaker BetVictor, where he applies statistical models, sophisticated software tools and eight years of university maths and science education to figure out who is going to win the 3 o’clock at Ascot. In a previous life he was editor of the award-winning BBC science and technology magazine Focus and managing editor of BBC Sky At Night magazine. A science writer and journalist for over 20 years, he has contributed to New Scientist, the Guardian, Daily Telegraph, Men’s Health, National Geographic and many others and is the author of several books including The Science of Doctor Who (Icon), Science 1001 (Quercus), How to Destroy the Universe: And 34 Other Really Interesting Uses of Physics (Quercus), Science: In 100 Key Breakthroughs (Quercus), The Rough Guide to Surviving the End of the World (Rough Guides/Penguin UK), The Periodic Table (Quercus), 3-Minute Stephen Hawking (Ivy Press) and 50 Science Ideas You Really Need to Know (Quercus). He is also a fellow of the Royal Statistical Society and a consultant to Guinness World Records. He lives in Buckinghamshire with Gail Dixon (with whom he wrote 3-Minute Stephen Hawking and The Periodic Table), their son and a menagerie of feline accomplices.