- 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.
- 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.
- “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.
- Reviewing Activity