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 Φ-Geo research group at Boston University. You can use this website to discover my research, an overview of my teaching activities, a full CV, and some impressions of academic life. Of course, you can also reach out to me to talk about all of these things.

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.

forthcoming and recent publications


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

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


The Epistemic Privilege of Measurement: Motivating a Functionalist Account. Philosophy of Science. philsci-archive preprint


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


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


Theodolites at 20000 Feet: Justifying Precision Measurement during the Trigonometrical Survey of Kashmir, 1855-65. Notes and Records: The Royal Society Journal of the History of Science (online preprint).


The Limits of Conventional Justification: Industry Bias and Inductive Risk beyond Conventionalism. Frontiers in Research Metrics and Analytics, Special Issue: Public Research and Private Knowledge – Science in Times of Diverse Research Funding.

upcoming and recent talks

15-18 Apr 2023

Topic: Newton as Geodesist: The Problem of the Earth's Figure and the Argument for Universal Gravitation

Occasion: History & Philosophy of Physics Award Lecture, April Meeting of the American Physical Society

@ Hilton Minneapolis

8-10 Dec 2022

Topic: The Epistemology of Large-Scale Measurements in Physical Geoscience

Occasion: International Conference on Large Scale Experiments: Reflecting on Theories and Practices

@ Karlsruhe Institute of Technology

17 Nov 2022

Topic: Old and New Problems in Geodetic Modelling

Occasion: Invited Talk

@ Harvard University, Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences

13 Nov 2022

Topic: The Epistemic Privilege of Measurement: Motivating a Functionalist Account

Occasion: Biennial Meeting of the Philosophy of Science Association

@ Wyndham Grand Pittsburgh

8 Sep 2022

Topic: Industry Bias beyond Conventionalism

Occasion: Workshop: Conventions in Science. Ethical, Epistemological, and Conceptual Perspectives

@ University of Salzburg

3 Aug 2022

Topic: Pluralizing Measurement: Physical Geodesy's Measurement Problem and its Resolution

Occasion: Invited Talk

@ Universidade Estadual de Campinas, Centro de Lógica, Epistemologia e História da Ciência

contact: mo459@cam.ac.uk