Professor of Mathematics, UNSW

I have worked in the School of Mathematics and Statistics at UNSW since 1981. I have written on the philosophy of mathematics, the history of probability, the analysis of extreme risks and natural law views of ethics.


  • 2008–present
    Professor, School of Mathematics and Statistics, UNSW


  • 1982 
    Warwick University, PhD, Mathematics


  • 2009
    What Science Knows: And How It Knows It, Encounter Books
  • 2003
    Corrupting the Youth: A History of Philosophy in Australia, Macleay Press
  • 2001
    The Science of Conjecture: Evidence and Probability Before Pascal, Johns Hopkins University Press

Research Areas

  • History And Philosophy Of Science (Incl. Non Historical Philosophy Of Science) (220206)
  • Applied Statistics (010401)
  • History Of Ideas (220209)


Eureka Prize for Research in Ethics, 2005