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Professor Dean Rickles

Dean Rickles, Ph.D. is Professor of History and Philosophy of Modern Physics, ARC Future Fellow, Co-director, Centre for Time, The University of Sydney.
Dean earned his Ph.D. from the University of Leeds, under the supervision of Steven French, with a thesis on conceptual issues in quantum gravity. He took up a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Calgary split between health sciences and philosophy, on the application of complex systems theory to population health. He joined the department of history and philosophy of science at the University of Sydney in 2007, receiving a 5-year ARC Australian Research Fellowship in 2008 and a 4-year ARC Future Fellowship in 2014.
He is co-director of the Centre for Time at the University of Sydney, and is also co-leader on a Templeton Foundation-funded interdisciplinary project on the flow of time. His primary research focus is the history and philosophy of modern physics, particularly quantum gravity and spacetime physics. However, he also has strong interests in econophysics, population health, and musicology.
Dean authored The Philosophy of Physics, A Brief History of String Theory: From Dual Models to M-Theory, and Symmetry, Structure, and Spacetime, Volume 3, and coedited Information and Interaction: Eddington, Wheeler, and the Limits of Knowledge, The Structural Foundations of Quantum Gravity, Structural Realism: Structure, Object, and Causality, and Thinking about Science, Reflecting on Art: Bringing Aesthetics and Philosophy of Science Together, edited The Ashgate Companion to Contemporary Philosophy of Physics, and provided the foreword to On Dialogue (Routledge Great Minds) (Volume 4).
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