Amedeo Balbi is associate professor of astronomy and astrophysics at the Physics Department of the University of Rome Tor Vergata, Italy. The author of over 90 scientific papers, his research interests span a broad set of topics, including the physics of the early universe, the problem of dark matter and energy, and the search for life in the cosmos. He is a member of the International Astronomical Union and of the Foundational Questions Institute (FQXi). He is also very active as a science popularizer. A frequent guest of radio and TV programs, he writes a monthly column in the Italian edition of Scientific American, as well as articles and commentaries for a number of newspapers and magazines (among others, la Repubblica, La Stampa, Wired). He has given public lectures for several prestigious organizations and institutions, including the Science Festival of Genoa, the Festival of Science in Rome, the Wired Next Fest, the Book Fair of Turin, and TEDxRoma. He is the author of six popular science books, including «Cercatori di meraviglia» (Rizzoli, 2014), winner of the National Prize for Popular Science Writing 2015. His latest book is «Dove sono tutti quanti?» (Rizzoli, 2016).