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Engineers are empire-builders. Watt, Brunel, and others worked to build and expand personal and business empires of material technology and in so doing these engineers also became active agents of political and economic empire. This book provides a fascinating exploration of the cultural construction of the large-scale technologies of empire.
BEN MARSDEN is currently Lecturer in Cultural History in the Department of History at the University of Aberdeen, UK. He read mathematics at Cambridge, took his PhD in History of Science at the University of Kent, and held a British Academy Fellowship at the University of Leeds. He subsequently held the British Academy/Royal Society Research fellowship in the History of Science before taking up his present post. He has written extensively for learned journals and published Watt's Perfect Engine: Steam and the Age of Invention (Icon Books, 2002). He is now writing a contextual biography