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Associate Professor, University of Sydney

Dean holds an Australian Research Council fellowship at the University of Sydney, where he works on the history and philosophy of modern physics. He primarily focuses on space, time, symmetry, and quantum gravity. He is currently engaged with projects on the early histories of quantum gravity and string theory. He also plays the piano and drinks endless cups of tea.

Experience

  • 2014–present
    Professor, The University of Sydney
  • 2007–present
    ARC Senior Australian Research Fellow, The University of Sydney
  • 2013–2018
    Future Fellow, The University of Sydney
  • 2005–2007
    Postdoctoral fellow, Canadian Institute of Health Research

Education

  • 2005 
    University of Leeds, PhD

Publications

  • 2021
    Dual-Aspect Monism and the Deep Structure of Meaning, Routledge
  • 2020
    What is Philosophy of Science?, Polity Press
  • 2020
    Covered with Deep Mist: The Development of Quantum Gravity, Volume I, 1916-1956., Oxford University Press
  • 2018
    Quantum Gravity in the First Half of the 20th Century: A Sourcebook, Max Planck Research Library for the History and Development of Knowledge
  • 2017
    Thinking about Science, Reflecting on Art, Routledge
  • 2016
    Philosophy of Physics, Polity Press
  • 2016
    Information and Interaction: Eddington, Wheeler, and the Limits of Knowledge, Springer
  • 2014
    A Brief History of String Theory: From Dual Models to M-Theory., Springer
  • 2012
    Structural Realism: Structure, Object, and Causality, Springer
  • 2011
    The Role of Gravitation in Physics: Report from the 1957 Chapel Hill Conference (with Cecile DeWitt), Max Planck Research Library for the History and Development of Science,
  • 2008
    The Ashgate Companion to Contemporary Philosophy of Physics, Ashgate,
  • 2007
    Symmetry, Structure, and Spacetime, North Holland: Elsevier,
  • 2006
    The Structural Foundations of Quantum Gravity (Co-edited with Steven French and Juha Saatsi), Oxford: Clarendon Press,

Grants and Contracts

  • 2021
    Wandering Mazes Lost: Investigating Arguments over the Problem of Existence
    Role:
    Chief Investigator
    Funding Source:
    John Templeton Foundation
  • 2021
    The Development of Quantum Gravity: The Great Divide' (2021-2026)
    Role:
    Chief Investigator
    Funding Source:
    Australian Research Council
  • 2018
    Radical Conservative: A Biography of John Archibald Wheeler
    Role:
    Chief Investigator
    Funding Source:
    Foundational Questions Institute
  • 2014
    Explorations in Quantum Gravity
    Role:
    Chief Investigator
    Funding Source:
    Australian Research Council
  • 2012
    New Agendas for the Study of Time: Con- necting the Disciplines
    Role:
    Chief Investigator
    Funding Source:
    John Templeton Foundation
  • 2009
    The Development of Quantum Gravity
    Role:
    Chief Investigator
    Funding Source:
    Australian Research Council

Professional Memberships

  • Foundational Questions Institute

Research Areas

  • History And Philosophy Of Specific Fields (2202)
  • Field Theory And String Theory (020602)