My research is primarily focused on scientific modeling, data, and explanation in the physical sciences, especially (more recently) the Earth sciences (geosciences). I have published on a wide range of topics, including history of physics (e.g., Bohr’s correspondence principle, Dirac, Maxwell), intertheory relations (especially quantum-classical relation), thought experiments, supertasks, fictions in science, metaphysical indeterminacy, non-causal explanations, data models, and modeling in the geosciences. I have developed an alternative view of scientific explanation I call the “eikonic” conception and am developing with Wendy Parker a philosophical account of data we call the ‘pragmatic representational’ view of data.
I am the author of Reexamining the Quantum-Classical Relation: Beyond Reductionism and Pluralism, which came out with Cambridge University Press in 2008, and co-editor of four additional volumes (Philosophy of Quantum Information & Entanglement, Scientific Structuralism, Kuhn’s SSR 50 Years On, Turing 100).
I am currently writing a new monograph on the philosophy of the geosciences, which draws on conceptual and methodological issues in geomorphology, stratigraphy, paleontology, and geochronology, with emphases on issues related to models, data, typification, and the philosophy of geologic time.
See also the research group I run in the Philosophy of the Geosciences: Φ-Geo
Current Book Project
Philosophy of the Geosciences: Data, Models, & Uncertainty
Current Paper Projects & Talk Themes
- “Data Models, Representation, and Adequacy-for-Purpose” (with Wendy Parker)
- “Synchronizing the Molecular and Fossil Clocks: Discordance and Iteration” (with Katherine Valde)
- “Philosophy of Geologic Time”
- “Taming the Tyranny of Scales”
- “Learning to Measure What Isn’t There: The Problem of Missing Time”
- “Peirce & the Philosophy of Metrology”
- “Managing Uncertainty in Radiometric Dating”