Biography:

One of their most recent publications is Nominalism and constructivism in seventeenth-century mathematical philosophy. Which was published in journal Historia Mathematica.

More information about David Sepkoski research including statistics on their citations can be found on their Copernicus Academic profile page.

David Sepkoski's Articles: (3)

Nominalism and constructivism in seventeenth-century mathematical philosophy

AbstractThis paper argues that the philosophical tradition of nominalism, as evident in the works of Pierre Gassendi, Thomas Hobbes, Isaac Barrow, and Isaac Newton, played an important role in the history of mathematics during the 17th century. I will argue that nominalist philosophy of mathematics offers new clarification of the development of a “constructivist” tradition in mathematical philosophy. This nominalist and constructivist tradition offered a way for contemporary mathematicians to discuss mathematical objects and magnitudes that did not assume these entities were real in a Platonic sense, and helped lay the groundwork for formalist and instrumentalist approaches in modern mathematics.

Paleontology at the “high table”? Popularization and disciplinary status in recent paleontology

Highlights•Books have always played an important role in disciplinary arguments in evolutionary biology.•During the 1980s, popular or semi-popular books were important tools for enhancing the disciplinary status of paleobiology.•In popular evolutionary works, historical arguments have been central weapons for fighting disciplinary battles.

“Replaying Life's Tape”: Simulations, metaphors, and historicity in Stephen Jay Gould's view of life

Highlights•The origin of Stephen Jay Gould's metaphor of “Replaying the tape of life” is explained.•The history of Gould's participation in evolutionary simulation experiments is discussed.•Simulations were an outgrowth of early computing in paleontology.•There is a link between simulations and data models in macroevolutionary analysis.

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