Dr Jane McDonnell

Jane McDonnell is Adjunct Research Associate in the Philosophy Department at Monash University, Australia. She has doctorates in both theoretical physics and philosophy and over twenty years’ experience applying mathematics in academia and industry. She has held professional positions in high energy physics, industrial mathematics, corporate strategy and planning, and corporate finance. She has authored or co-authored more than eighty technical papers in physics, mathematics, finance and philosophy. Most recently, she has published a book on the role of mathematics in physics called The Pythagorean World: Why mathematics is unreasonably effective in physics (Palgrave Macmillan).

Research Interests:

Philosophy of mathematics, philosophy of physics, metaphysics, philosophy of mind, philosophy of language


Ph.D. Philosophy, Monash University, 2015

B.A. (Hons) Philosophy, Monash University, 2011.

Ph.D. Theoretical Physics, D.A.M.T.P, University of Cambridge, 1987

B.Sc. (Hons) Mathematical Physics, University of Adelaide, 1983.