Professor, School of Mathematics and Statistics, UNSW

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UNSW School of Mathematics and Statistics

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Opinion and News

On June 5-6 2017 I will speak at a conference in York on Molyneux's Question.

On Nov 30 2016 I spoke on 'The Sydney Intellectual/Religious Scene 1916- 2016' at the Heretics Centenary Conference at St Paul's College, Sydney University.

An opinion piece about attacks on conscientious objectors in medicine. Similar issues are discussed in my submission to the Parliamentary Inquiry into the Status of the Human Right to Freedom of Religion or Belief.

On Sept 24 2016 I spoke on Catholic missions to Australia aborigines at the Australian Catholic Historical Society's conference at North Sydney.

I gave some some thoughts on logic on Radio National's Philosopher's Zone, 11/9/16.

My article 'Global and local' appears in Princeton University Press's selection of Best Writing on Mathematics 2015 ... story.

On 9/5/15 I spoke at the Blackeath Philosophy Forum on 'Mathematics - key to the real world'.

Viewpoint: Is there something mysterious about mathematics? (Aeon ideas).

My book on Archbishop Mannix was launched in Melbourne on St Patrick's Day, Mar 17 2015, and in Sydney at the Australian Catholic Historical Society's meeting on Apr 19 ... the video ... comment.

On Dec 21 2014 I spoke on ABC Radio National's Philosopher's Zone on the philosophy of mathematics ... Radio National's opinion piece (named one of RN's top 10 articles of 2014).

I debated with Norman Wildberger on infinity on 23/9/14 ... details ... video.

An Aristotelian Realist Philosophy of Mathematics was reviewed in the Sept 2014 New Criterion and in the 2015 Philosophia Mathematica.

On ABC Radio Philosopher's Zone, I gave a tribute to David Armstrong and spoke at the official Sydney University memorial service for him on 16/7/14.

My book An Aristotelian Realist Philosophy of Mathematics: Mathematics as the Science of Quantity and Structure was published by Palgrave Macmillan in Apr 2014.

On 19/3/14, I spoke on extreme risks at the LSE Choice Group seminar.

On 28/1/14, I spoke on 'The genius of the scholastics and contemporary issues' to the Institute of Philosophy of the Czech Academy of Sciences.

On 25/1/14, I spoke at the conference on scientism of the Abraham Kuyper Centre for Science and Religion, Amsterdam.

On 15/12/13, I spoke on 'Lessons from Artificial Intelligence on the uniqueness of human cognition' at the conference on Natural Cognition at the University of Macau.

On 5/10/13, I gave a keynote address on Australian philosophy to the Australasian Postgraduate Philosophy Conference.

On 8/9/13, I MCed the book launch of Wanda Skowronska's To Bonegilla from Somewhere.

On 17/5/13, I gave the opening keynote address at the International Young Scholars Conference, Boracay, Philippines.

On 29/1/13, I organised and MCed the book launch of Stephanie Jarrett's Liberating Aboriginal People From Violence. ... flyer ... account of the launch ... another

In The Australian of 22/12/12, J.M. Coetzee includes The Science of Conjecture among his Books of the Year recommendations.

I have edited the latest (2012) issue of the Journal of the Australian Catholic Historical Society.

On 12/12/12, I spoke to the Ambrose Centre for Religious Liberty on religious freedom ... text.

The Australian Financial Review of 10/11/12 mentioned my views on St John's College. I am a member of the new St John's College Council

I discussed euthanasia at Philoagora on Nov 6, 2012.

I spoke on Pascal’s Wager on ABC-RN Philosopher's Zone on 12 Nov 2011 ... transcript

I spoke on Christianity in 21st century Australia on Dec 1 2010 ... flyer

I spoke on Australian philosophy at the Sydney Philosophy Forum, 27 Aug 2010.

I discussed philosophy of mathematics on ABC Radio National’s Philosopher’s Zone, 15 May 2010.

I debated the virtue of prudence with Bob Carr and others on ABC Radio National’s Spirit of Things program, 4 Apr 2010.

At the book launch of What Science Knows on 15 Dec 2009, I gave some thoughts on what to think about climate change.

I spoke at the Australian Catholic Students Association Conference, Brisbane, July 11 2009 on social justice

I spoke at Philoagora in June 16 2009 on the relevance of philosophy to science ... text ... version on Philosopher’s Zone, Radio National

I spoke at the Sydney Writers’ Festival on May 22 2009 on Sydney philosophy ...text.

I spoke on temperance at Warrane College’s Autumn Seminar, May 2 2009 ... details

On ABC Radio National Counterpoint, 6 Apr 2009, I discussed Maths and the financial crisis

I spoke on 'When science doesn’t know’ at the Evidence, Science and Public Policy conference, Sydney University, on Mar 26 2009.

I debated ‘Can atheists justify morality?’ at UNSW, Mar 30 2009 ... details

The Australian 23 July 2008 had a story on my work on an Australian Database of Indigenous Violence ... Christopher Pearson column.

I spoke on The Philosophy of Mathematics and Infinity to the Philoagora forum on July 22 2008.

I made a submission to the Review of Australian Higher Education, on the need for business to pay for the supply of graduates, especially via internships.

I made a submission to the 2008 Quarantine and Biosecurity Review.

I spoke on social justice on Philosopher’s Zone interview 1 Dec 2007... Counterpoint 26 Nov. An Online Opinion piece, ‘Social justice’: Utopian fantasy or foundation of prosperity?

On Aug 18 2007 I discussed the worst arguments in philosophy on ABC Radio National's Philosopher's Zone ... transcript.

On July 10 2007 I spoke on ‘Australian philosophy - a distinctive tradition’ at Philoagora.

My presentation on ‘Happiness and restraint’ to the Happiness and Its Causes Conference on 15 June was printed in The Australian's Higher Ed Supplement.

I spoke on ‘Why be moral?’ on ABC Radio National’s Counterpoint on Apr 2 ... transcript.

I gave a series of four lectures on the foundations of ethics at the Aquinas Academy in March 2007 ... details... first lecture... 2nd... 3rd... 4th.

The book launch of Catholic Values and Australian Realities was held on April 30 2006 ... an account.

A video on Wolfram’s A New Kind of Science.

Letter in The Australian on the Business Council of Australia's whinges about the skills of graduates.

On Radio National’s Encounter, Mar 12 2006, I debated “Uncertainty” about postmodernism and religion.

I was awarded the 2005 Eureka Prize for Research in Ethics.

On Oct 3 2005 I was interviewed on Radio National’s Counterpoint on restraint; see the Restraint Project.

I was interviewed on Radio National’s Philosopher's Zone on Relativism and Cardinal Ratzinger on 27 Apr 2005.

I was “in conversation” with Rai Gaita and Jean Curthoys on Corrupting the Youth at Gleebooks on July 7, 2004.

I debated Patricia Petersen on ‘Is there anything wrong with pornography?’ at the Philorum Philosophy Forum on June 2, 2004 ... text.

I debated God and Science at the Blackheath Philosophy Forum Feb 7, 2004.

See also my collections of Myths about the Middle Ages; self-reference jokes; my page on School of Mathematics alumni.

Some opinions on the direction of mathematics education can be found at Gazette Letter .

Something on the excitement of mathematics on ABC radio talk, 'A mathematical mind’.

My day, 15 Apr 2005; a profile.