David Sepkoski

Research Scholar

Max Planck Institute for the History of Science

David Sepkowski is a historian of science specializing in the history of the modern natural sciences. Most of my recent work has centered on the conceptual and institutional history of 'paleobiology,' which is a movement in 20th century paleontology that emphasizes theoretical, quantitative approaches to evolutionary study of the fossil record. His published books include: a major study of the history of paleobiology, titled Rereading the Fossil Record: The Growth of Paleobiology as an Evolutionary Discipline (University of Chicago Press, 2012), an edited volume collecting original essays on the history and philosophy of paleobiology, The Paleobiological Revolution: Essays on the Growth of Modern Paleontology (University of Chicago Press, 2009), and a monograph on 17th century mathematics and theories of representation, Nominalism and Constructivism in Seventeenth-Century Mathematical Philosophy (Routledge, 2007).