**Francisco J. Blanco-Silva** is the owner of a scientific consulting company called Tizona Scientific Solutions, a faculty member of the Department of Mathematics, and an associate member of the Interdisciplinary Mathematics Institute at the University of South Carolina. He obtained his formal training as an applied mathematician from Purdue University. He enjoys problem solving, learning, and teaching alike. Being an avid programmer and blogger, when it comes to writing, he relishes finding the common denominator among his passions and skills and making it available to everyone.

He wrote the prequel to this book, *Learning SciPy for Numerical and Scientific Computing*, *Packt Publishing*, and coauthored Chapter 5 of the book, *Modeling Nanoscale Imaging in Electron Microscopy*, *Springer*.