Curiculum Vitae

Active Research Areas
Philosophical method, computability in analysis and physics, history and philosophy of mathematics and physics, metaphysics, semantics.
Additional Areas of Teaching Competence
Mathematical logic, philosophical logic, 20th century analytic philosophy, philosophy of language, early modern philosophy.
Degrees
  • Ph.D. with Honours, Philosophy, University of Chicago, 2005. Dissertation Undecidable Long-Term Behavior in Classical Physics: Foundations, Results, and Interpretation. Committee Howard Stein, Wayne Myrvold, Robert Batterman, William Wimsatt
  • M.A., Philosophy, University of Chicago, 1998.
  • B.S. Cum Laude, Mathematics/Applied Science (Philosophy), with Specialization in Computing, UCLA, 1993.
Academic Appointments
Tutorial Fellow, Department of Philosophy, Logic and Scientific Method, London School of Economics, 2005-present.
Publications
  • “Computing the Uncomputable; or, The Discrete Charm of Second-Order Simulacra.” Synthese 169, 447-463 (2009).
  • “Philosophical Method and Galileo’s Paradox of Infinity,” in Bart Van Kerkhove (ed.), New Perspectives on Mathematical Practices. (World Scientific, 2009). Available at the PhilSci Archive.
  • “Three Concepts of Decidability for General Subsets of Uncountable Spaces.” Theoretical Computer Science 351, 2-13 (2006).
  • “Undecidability in Rn: Riddled Basins, the KAM Tori, and the Stability of the Solar System.” Philosophy of Science 70: 2, 359-382 (2003). (Winner of the Philosophy of Science Association Graduate Student Essay Prize.)
  • “Did Poincaré Really Discover Chaos?” Studies in the History and Philosophy of Modern Physics, 29: 4, 575-588 (1998).
  • “Back Into the Fray of Experiment: The Role of Space in Physical Theory as Poincaré Almost Saw It” (abstract). In Communiqué of the Canadian Society for the History and Philosophy of Science, 41, May (1998).
Papers in Progress
  • “On the Alleged Insignificance of the Primordial Existence Question”, with Roberto Fumagali.
  • “Olson’s Argument Against Conventionalism About Personal Identity.”
  • “Merricks’ Argument Against Conventionalism About Personal Identity.”
  • “Definition and Method in Newton’s Scholium.”
  • “An Error-Resistant, Spatially Bounded, Conservative, Massively Parallel, and Genuinely Universal Computing Machine.”
Honours and Awards
  • Whiting Dissertation-Year Fellowship, 2004-2005.
  • Philosophy of Science Association Graduate Student Essay Prize for Parker 2003. (Please see Publications above).
  • Travel grant for Real Numbers and Computers 5 conference, provided by le Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, through l’École Normale Supérieure de Lyon, 2003.
  • Shaw Fellowship, 1997-98.
  • Mellon Pre-Dissertation Fellowship, 1997.
  • University of Chicago Unendowed Fellowship, 1993-1997.
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