An essay on the historical explanation of industrialisation, on prophecy and on economic history, entitled ‘How we got here,’ in Time Travelers: Victorian encounters with time and history, edited by Adelene Buckland & Sadiah Qureshi with a foreword by Mary Beard (University of Chicago Press, 2020).
A research article published in May 2019 (from the December 2018 issue) in History of the Human Sciences, “Babbage among the insurers: big nineteenth-century data and the public interest,” 31: 5 (129-153) (or OA pre-print here.)
‘Penty against the machine: the enigma of technology in British political thought’, a paper delivered at the ANR colloquium ‘Technologies et socialismes: théories, imaginaires, pratiques au XIXe siècle’ at the Université de Bourgogne, Dijon, June 2013.
‘The Projectile Power of the Mind: Babbage, Risk & Insurance’, a paper delivered at the ‘Three Societies Meeting’ (HSS, BSHS & CSHPS) at UPenn in Philadelphia, July 2012.
‘Hobson and the Machine’, a paper delivered at the BSHS annual conference, University of Aberdeen, July 2010.
“Late-Victorian science views the Industrial Revolution”, a paper delivered at the joint annual conference of BAVS & NAVSA, entitled Past versus Present, hosted by the University of Cambridge, Victorian Studies Group , July 2009.
“Looking forward, looking backward: scientists as historians at the British Association”, a paper delivered at the annual conference of the British Society for the History of Science at the University of Leicester, July 2009.
“Two’s company, three’s a crowd: engineers in the history of the two cultures”. A paper delivered at the conference, Art and Science Now: The Two Cultures in Question; a collaboration between the Science Museum, Tate Modern and the London Consortium in January 2009, marking the 50th aniversary of CP Snow’s Rede Lecture. A modified version of this argument was also presented at the BSHS graduate conference in Manchester. Please contact me to request a draft of this paper.
This review essay of two books in the history of technology, by David Edgerton and Bernhard Rieger, also reflects on some historiographical issues. “The Birth of Now”, History Workshop Journal 65 (2008) 252-258:DOI
“Bridging the gap: Raymond Williams and the ‘Interregnum’, c.1880-1914”. A paper delivered at the annual IHR conference, “Turning Points”, in London, June 2008. Please contact me to request a draft of this paper.
“Knights of Science: the British Association for the Advancement of Science, 1874-1902”. A paper delivered to the Birkbeck research student workshop, February 2008. Please contact me to request a draft of this paper.
“Engagement or consolation? The utopias of HG Wells and GK Chesterton”. A paper delivered at the conference, “Happiness: Lessons from the Arts”, Queen Mary, University of London, 2006. Please contact me to request a draft of this paper.
“Imperfect Necessity. Aspects of Violence: the Unabomber, Thoreau and John Brown.” A long essay on technology, rationality and political violence. Please contact me to request a copy of this essay.