Postdoctoral Researchers

Kaden_swDr. Tom Kaden

Tom Kaden studied sociology and German literature at the Universities of Freiburg and Frankfurt am Main. He completed his sociological dissertation on professional creationism and anti-creationism in the United States in July 2014 at the University of Leipzig. The dissertation has since been published as a book and won awards from the Universities of Leipzig and Heidelberg. Starting in October 2014 he works as a research associate at York University on the project Science and Religion: Exploring the Spectrum where he investigates how Canadian life scientists and members of the general public view the relationship between evolution and religion. He also works as assistant editor of Max Weber’s methodological writings for the German Complete Works (Max-Weber-Gesamtausgabe).

Tom Kaden Academia.Edu Website

sylviaDr. Sylvia Nickerson

Sylvia Nickerson is a postdoctoral research fellow at York University where she contributes to the projects Science and Religion: Exploring the Spectrum and the John Tyndall Correspondence Project. Her academic interests include the history and philosophy of mathematics (the philosophical foundations of mathematics, logicism, Bertrand Russell, and geometry) and the theory and practice of book history and print culture (e.g. she worked with nineteenth century printing presses at Massey College in Toronto). Her dissertation was about how material culture – the physical and organizational logistics of the nineteenth century printing and publishing trades – intersected with and shaped knowledge formation in mathematics. In 2014 Sylvia won the Peter Isaac Essay Prize and she was recently awarded the best paper prize from the Canadian Society for the History and Philosophy of Mathematics. Sylvia also makes illustrations and graphic art in Hamilton Ontario, and has become increasingly interested how historical perspectives can be communicated using graphic storytelling.

Sylvia Nickerson Personal Website
Sylvia Nickerson Academia.Edu Website

Selected publications

Nickerson, S. (2015) Interview with Nicholas Griffin: Bertrand Russell on Science and Religion, Bertrand Russell Society Bulletin, 152, p. 23-29. (PDF)

Nickerson, S. (2015) Mathematics for the World: Publishing Mathematics and the International Book Trade, Macmillan and Co., in M. Zack and E. Landry (eds), Research in History and Philosophy of Mathematics: Proceedings of the Canadian Society for History and Philosophy of Mathematics, New York: Birkhäuser, pp.121-137.

Nickerson, S. (2013) Referees, Publisher’s Readers and the Image of Mathematics in Nineteenth Century England,  Publishing History, 71, 27-67. (PDF) [Winner of the Peter Isaac Essay Prize].

Nickerson, S. (2013) Taking a Stand: Exploring the role of the scientist prior to the first Pugwash Conference on Science and World Affairs, 1957, Scientia Canadensis, 36(2):63-87. (PDF)

Nickerson, S. and Griffin, N. (2008) Russell, Clifford, Whitehead and Differential Geometry, Russell: The Journal of Bertrand Russell Studies, ns28, 20-38. ­(PDF)