Hi, welcome to my website

I am Miguel, a philosopher and historian of science, currently based at the University of Cambridge and affiliated with The Royal Institution. I am writing a book for Oxford University Press, tentatively titled "Newton's Open Problem: Earth's Figure and Universal Gravitation." My research explores the philosophies of measurement and statistics, and the evidential and political foundations of quantification in science (especially physics and earth science). You can use this website to discover my research and teaching. Of course, you can also reach out to me directly. 

If you have little time, you can find basic information about my recent publications and upcoming talks by simply scrolling down.

Thank you for your interest in my research!

Me, during the daily pandemic walk in a forest near my hometown Göttingen, photographed by my partner Maria.

upcoming and recent talks

14-17 Nov 2024

Topic: Symposium on Philosophy of Seismology

Occasion: Philosophy of Science Association Conference

@ New Orleans

9-12 Jul 2024

Topic: Why C. S. Peirce Became A Frequentist

Occasion: Congress of the International Society for the History of Philosophy of Science

@ University of Vienna

30 Mar 2024

Topic: Should We Align Quantitative Measures with Stakeholder Values?

Occasion: Values in Science Workshop

@ Pembroke College, University of Cambridge

31 Jan 2024

Topic: What Philosophers and Scientists Get Wrong About Quantification

Occasion: Invited Talk

@ Boston University

30 Nov 2023

Topic: How to Test a Law of Nature: Earth's Shape and Universal Gravitation

Occasion: Du Châtelet Prize Workshop: Laws and Symmetries in the Practice of Physics

@ Duke University

28 Oct 2023

[with Alisa Bokulich & Matilde Carrera]

Topic: Solid-Body Tides and the Epistemology of Anomaly-Driven Research

Occasion: Rethinking Anomalies in Science Workshop 

@ University of Pittsburgh

forthcoming and recent publications 


With Aja Watkins: 

What is Philosophy of the Geosciences? Philosophy Compass.


The Promises and Pitfalls of Precision: Random and Systematic Error in Physical Geodesy, 1800-1910. Annals of Science. [Special Issue: Promises of Precision, ed. Sibylle Gluch]


With Aja Watkins:

Review of 'Naomi Oreskes: Science on a Mission'.  British Journal for  the Philosophy of Science


Newton as Geodesist: The Problem of the Earth's Figure and the Argument for Universal Gravitation.* Newsletter of the American Physical Society (Oct).

*Winner of the 2022 APS History and Philosophy of Physics Essay Price


Pluralizing Measurement: Physical Geodesy’s Measurement Problem and its Resolution, 1880-1924.* Studies in the History and Philosophy of Science A 96.

*Winner of the 2021 Du Châtelet Price in Philosophy of Physics 

contact: mo459@cam.ac.uk