I am interested in theoretical physics read as a contribution to philosophy and am currently researching unsolved problems in natural philosophy in the early eighteenth century, in the wake of Newton's Principia.
Areas of Research
17th and 18th century physics (especially Descartes, Newton, Du Châtelet, d'Alembert and Euler)
Structuralist approaches to physics
Symmetries in physics
Hilbert, Einstein, Weyl and generally covariant physics
Current book projects:
Philosophy and the physics within
If you've ever wondered why Descartes's Principles of Philosophy, of 1644, is still taught as a text in philosophy, whereas Newton's Mathematical Principles of Philosophy, of 1687, is not, and if you've ever wondered what philosophy looks like without this separation of physics from philosophy, then this is the book for you! It is, however, absurdly ambitious, in offering a re-telling from the late sixteenth century all the way up to the present day.
in the Age of Reason
Co-authored monograph with Marius Stan, supported by an ACLS collaborative fellowship. Manuscript complete.