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2012

  • My paper "Mathematical concepts and investigative practice" has appeared in the collection Scientific Concepts and Investigative Practice (October 2012).
  • Since September 2012 I am the Director of Undergraduate Studies in the Philosophy Department at McGill University.
  • My paper "Methodological reflections on typologies for numerical notations" (with Theodore R. Widom) has appeared in Science in Context (April 2012).
  • From January 14 to February 29, 2012 I was a Research Fellow at Center for Interdisciplinary Research (ZIF) in Bielefeld, Germany.

2011

  • My paper "On the creative role of axiomatics. The discovery of lattices by Schröder, Dedekind, Birkhoff, and others" has finally appeared in Synthese (October 2011; accepted March 2009).
  • My Erdös number is at most 4 (August 2011).
  • McGill has installed a webcam on McGill campus, which sometimes shows my office (March 2011).
  • Some soundbites from the Arts Undergraduate Research Event, published in The McGill Tribune (February 2011).

2010

  • In Winter 2010 I was on leave from McGill as a visiting researcher at Université Paris VII (Diderot), Département d'Histoire et Philosophie des Sciences and REHSEIS.
  • Three collaborative papers of mine have appeared in a collection on Philosophy of Mathematics: Sociological Aspects and Mathematical Practice (April 2010).
  • My paper on "Pasch's philosophy of mathematics" has appeared in Review of Symbolic Logic (March 2010).

2009

  • My introduction Ampersand, Journal of the Bachelor in Arts and Science, McGill University, Vol. 2, has been published (online) (December 2009).
  • The Montreal Inter-University Workshop on History and Philosophy of Mathematics (which I co-founded) had its second meeting on December 4, 2009.
  • My paper on "Learning from the existence of models. On psychic machines, tortoises, and computer simulations" has appeared in Synthese (August 2009).
  • Since June 1, 2009 I am Assistant Professor in the Department of Philosophy at McGill University.
  • My paper on "Learning the structure of abstract groups" (with Thomas Shultz, McGill Psychology) has been accepted for publication in the Proceedings of the 31th Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society (30 March 2009).
  • The collection with my paper on "Bridging theories with axioms: Boole, Stone, and Tarski" has been published (with a picture I took on the front cover!) (January 2009).

2008

  • My paper on "Learning from the existence of models. On psychic machines, tortoises, and computer simulations" has appeared in Synthese (November 2008).
  • My paper on "Two Ways of Analogy: Extending the Study of Analogies to Mathematical Domains" has appeared in Philosophy of Science (11 September 2008).
  • My paper "On the creative role of axiomatics. The discovery of lattices by Schröder, Dedekind, Birkhoff, and others" has been accepted for publication in Synthese (July 2008).
  • My paper on "Modeling ancient and modern arithmetic practices: Addition and multiplication with Arabic and Roman numerals" (with Hansjörg Neth, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute) has appeared in the Proceedings of the 30th Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society (July 2008).
  • I have been invited to give a talk at the session on "Historical Ideals of Rigor in Mathematics" of the Winter 2008 meeting of the Association of Symbolic Logic (with APA), in Philadelphia, PA (June 2008).
  • My paper "On the Importance of asking the right research questions: Could Jordan have proved the Jordan-Hölder Theorem?" has appeared in Erkenntnis (May 2008).
  • My paper on "Modeling ancient and modern arithmetic practices: Addition and multiplication with Arabic and Roman numerals" (with Hansjörg Neth, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute) has been accepted for publication in the Proceedings of the 30th Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society (11 April 2008).
  • Awarded 3-year Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) Standard Research Grant for the research project "The Collected Works of Rudolf Carnap," with PI Richard Zach, University of Calgary (April 2008).
  • My paper on "Two Ways of Analogy" has been accepted for publication in Philosophy of Science (11 February 2008).
  • My book review of Franzén's "Gödel's Theorem: An incomplete guide to its use and abuse" has been published (January 2008).

2007

  • My paper on "Bridging theories with axioms: Boole, Stone, and Tarski" has been accepted for publication in Perspectives on Mathematical Practices, Vol. II, J.-P. van Bendegem and B. van Kerkhove (eds.) (December 2007).
  • Talk at the PhiMSAMP-2 Workshop, Utrecht, The Netherlands (19 October 2007).
  • I'm now listed on the Cognitive Science webpage at McGill (September 2007).
  • My paper on "Learning from the existence of models. On psychic machines, tortoises, and computer simulations" has been accepted for publication in Synthese (August 2007).
  • Current teaching:
    - COMP 230: Logic and Computability. Fall 2007
    - PHIL 411: Topics in Philosophy of Logic and Mathematics. Fall 2007
  • Talk at the Meeting of the Canadian Society for History and Philosophy of Mathematics (CSHPM) and the British Society for the History of Mathematics (BSHM), Montreal, QC (27 July 2007).
  • My paper "On the Importance of asking the right research questions: Could Jordan have proved the Jordan-Hölder Theorem?" has been accepted for publication in Erkenntnis (June 2007)
  • Since June 2007: Associate Member of the School of Computer Science, McGill University.
  • Awarded 3-year Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) Standard Research Grant for the research project "Geometry and Logic from Pasch to Hilbert," with co-applicant Michael Hallett (April 2007).
  • Talk at conference on Perspectives on Mathematical Practices, Brussels, Belgium (27 March 2007).
  • The proceedings with my paper on "Axiomatics and progress in the light of 20th century philosophy of science and mathematics" have been published (January 2007).
  • Talk at The Classical Model of Science conference in Amsterdam (12 January 2007).

2006

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