Jaco de Swart is Ph.D. candidate in the History and Philosophy of Science at the Institute for Theoretical Physics, and Vossius Center for History of Humanities and Sciences. His research revolves around the historical development of the dark matter problem.
His interdisciplinary research project is supervised by dr. Gianfranco Bertone from astroparticle physics (GRAPPA), prof. Jeroen van Dongen from history of physics (IoP / Vossius Center), and prof. Erik Verlinde from theoretical physics (IoP).
Current aspects of his research include:
How did we find out that 85% of the matter in the universe consists of a yet-undetected form of mass, now known as 'dark matter'? Although the stakes in finding a solution to the problem of dark matter are very high, the complex history of this issue has been quite ill-understood.
Despite having probed an immense parameter space for the last 40 years, the dark matter hunt has only resulted in null-results. This makes the case of the dark matter problem serve as an excellent entry into understanding how evidence and argumention function in the astrophysical sciences.
Jaco has interviewed several scientists central to the history of dark matter. Transcripts of these interviews will soon be available at the American Institute of Physics, Niels Bohr Library & Archives. Interviewees include: Jim Peebles, Jerry Ostriker, Morton Roberts, Alar Toomre, Ed Turner, Neta Bahcall, Jim Gunn, Richard Gott, Scott Tremaine, Paul Schechter, David Spergel, Enn Saar, and Jaan Einasto.
2017 | Visiting Scholar, Tartu Observatory
2015 | Visiting Student, Tokyo Institute of Technology
2014 | Visiting Student Research Collaborator, Princeton University
2016 | MSc Theoretical Physics, University of Amsterdam
2011 | BA Philosophy, University of Amsterdam
2010 | BSc Beta-Gamma (Major: Physics), University of Amsterdam
2014 | Grant-in-Aid of the Center for History of Physics, American Institute of Physics
2016 - | Member of the Faculty of Science PhD Council, University of Amsterdam
2014 - | Member of the External Advisory Board of the Institute of Interdisciplinary Studies, University of Amsterdam
2015 - | Philosophy of Science, University of Amsterdam
2016 - | Interdisciplinary Bachelor Projects (Supervision), University of Amsterdam
2012 - | Turning Points in the Natural Sciences, University of Amsterdam
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