I grew up in Stoke-on-Trent, studied Physics and Philosophy at Balliol College, Oxford, spent a few inarticulate months living in France, then moved to Cambridge, where I took an M.Phil. then a Ph.D. in the Department of History and Philosophy of Science (working with Peter Lipton). I was Henry Sidgwick Research Fellow of Newnham College, Cambridge, before taking up a lectureship at St Andrews in 1999. I live with my family in the East Neuk of Fife.