Scott L. Montgomery is a university lecturer and author. His research and publications include areas in both the humanities and sciences, in particular history of science, intellectual history, language studies, and energy resources, technology, and security. He is the author, most recently, of Does Science Need a Global Language? (2013) and The Powers That Be: Global Energy for the Twenty-First Century and Beyond (2010). Forthcoming in 2015 are two works: Shape of the New: Four Ideas that Built the Modern World (with Daniel Chirot) and also A History of Science in World Cultures (with Alok Kumar).