Aaron Wright

Assistant Professor

Aaron Wright wp b August 2018

Email: asw@dal.ca
Phone: 902-494-2099
Fax: 902-494-3349
Mailing Address: 
History Department Dalhousie University Marion McCain Building, Room 3182 P. O. Box 15000 6135 University Ave. Halifax, NS B3H 4R2
Research Topics:
  • Humanities and Computing
  • History of Science and Technology
  • History of Physics
  • General History and Philosophy of Science
  • Modern Canada


PhD 2014 (Toronto)
MA 2010 (Toronto)
BA & Sc 2008 (McGill)

Postdoctoral Scholar (Stanford University)
Lecturer on History of Science (Harvard University)
Postdoctoral Fellow (Harvard University)

Major Awards
SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellowship
SSHRC CGS Doctoral Scholarship

Selected Publications

2018. "An Ether by Any Other Name? Paul Dirac's Æther" in Jaume Navarro, editor, Ether and Modernity Oxford: Oxford University Press.

2017. Fresnel's laws, ceteris paribus" Studies in History and Philosophy of Science 64: 38-52. 10.1016/j.shpsa.2017.07.008

2016. "A Beautiful Sea: P.A.M. Dirac's epistemology and ontology of the vacuum," Annals of Science 73(3): 225-256. 10.1080/00033790.2016.1157731

*Honourable mention, Annals of Science annual paper prize.

2015. "The Physics of Forgetting: thermodynamics of information at IBM 1959-1982," Perspectives on Science 24(1): 112-141. 10.1162/POSC_a_00194

2014 "The Advantages of Bringing Infinity to a Finite Place: Penrose diagrams as objects of intuition" Historical Studies in the Natural Sciences 44(2) 99-139. 10.1525/hsns.2014.44.2.99


Teaching 2019-2020

  • HIST 3302W - Technology and History in North America

Office Hours Winter 2024

  • Thursdays, 10:05-10:55
  • By appointment