Frank James is a professor of the history of science at University College London, having worked previously at the Royal Institution. His main research concentrates on the physical sciences in the late-18th and 19th centuries and how they relate to other areas of society and culture, for example, art, literature, business, media, religion, technology, and the military. He edited the Correspondence of Michael Faraday, published in six volumes between 1991 and 2012, and a number of essay collections, including “The Common Purposes of Life,” a set of papers on the Royal Institution. His Michael Faraday: A Very Short Introduction was published in 2010 by Oxford University Press, which the following year published his sesquicentenary edition of Faraday’s Chemical History of a Candle. His current research is on the practical work of Humphry Davy, including his work on nitrous oxide, agricultural chemistry, mineralogy, the miners’ safety lamp, and analysis of ancient Roman pigments, and his attempts to unroll chemically the papyri excavated from Herculaneum. James has published on many of these topics and also talked about them in meetings and on radio and television.