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Mr J.G. (Jaco) de Swart MA MSc

Faculty of Science
Photographer: Hans Vink

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  • Science Park 904
  • Room number:C4.273
Postal address
  • Postbus 94485
    1090 GL Amsterdam
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  • Research

    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:

    History of Dark Matter

    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. 

    Philosophy of Dark Matter

    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.

    Oral History Interviews

    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. 

  • CV


    2019 | Visiting Scholar, Institute for Advanced Study

    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

    2013 | MA Philosophy (w/ Hans Radder and Martin Stokhof), University of Amsterdam

    2011 | BA Philosophy, University of Amsterdam

    2010 | BSc Beta-Gamma (Major: Physics, w/ Anne Kox), University of Amsterdam


    2014 | Grant-in-Aid of the Center for History of Physics, American Institute of Physics

    Invited Talks

    2019-06 | Philosophy of Astrophysics, Complutense University Madrid

    2019-02 | Dark Matter and Modified Gravity, RWTH Aachen

    2019-01 | Joint Astroparticle Physics Colloquium, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology

    2018-12 | Stockholm-Amsterdam-Paris-London Meeting in Astroparticle Physics, King's College London

    2018-06 | HEiKA Symposium 2018, University of Heidelberg

    2017-12 | Topical Lectures, Nikhef Amsterdam


    2019 - | Science and Life of Albert Einstein, University of Amsterdam 

    2016 - | Interdisciplinary Bachelor Projects (Supervision), University of Amsterdam

    2015 - | Philosophy of Science, University of Amsterdam

    2012 - | Turning Points in the Natural Sciences, University of Amsterdam


    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


    See also my LinkedIn Page.


  • Publications



    Media appearance

    • de Swart, J. (13-12-2019). Veronica Academy 2: Star Wars [Web] Veronica. Veronica Academy.


    • Tai, C. (organiser), de Swart, J. G. (organiser) & Realdi, M. (organiser) (12-4-2017). First Teylers Meeting on History of Astronomy and Physics, Haarlem. Crossing Borders: Internationalism in 20th Century Astronomy and Physics (organising a conference, workshop, ...).
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