Dr Ben Marsden is the Director of the Centre for History and Philosophy of Science, Technology and Medicine at the University of Aberdeen, where he lectures on the cultural history of science. He studied mathematics at the University of Cambridge, piano at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, and history of science at the University of Kent. As a postdoctoral fellow at Leeds, Kent and Aberdeen he was generously supported by the British Academy and by the Royal Society of London. His wide research interests focus on Britain in the long nineteenth century and include: the historical relationship between physics and technology; the origins of engineering science; the historical engagement of science with literature, music and religion. His books include a study of James Watt, a history of nineteenth-century technology (with Crosbie Smith) and an edited collection exploring the interactions of literature and science. He is completing the first extended biography of academic engineer W.J.M. Rankine.