Dr., Professor, Freie Universität Berlin, Humboldt Universität zu Berlin
Residence: since March 1, 1994
In his research Jürgen Renn studies, together with his group, structural changes in
systems of knowledge. The aim is to develop a theoretical understanding of knowledge evolution, taking into account its epistemic, social and material dimensions. As groundwork for such a theoretical approach to the history of knowledge, he has been studying some of the great transformations of systems of physical knowledge, such as the origin of theoretical science in antiquity, the emergence of classical mechanics in the early modern period and the revolutions of modern physics in the early twentieth century. In addition to this longitudinal perspective on the evolution of knowledge, he and his collaborators have developed a transversal approach, studying dissemination and transformation processes of knowledge across cultural boundaries.
Jürgen Renn is honorary professor for History of Science at both the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin and the Freie Universität Berlin. He has taught at Boston University, at the ETH in Zurich and at the University of Tel Aviv. He has held visiting positions in Vienna, Bergamo, Pavia and at CalTech. He is a member of the Leopoldina as well as of further national and international scientific and editorial boards. In 2011 he won the Premio Anassilaos International.
Renn, J. (Ed.). (2012).The globalization of knowledge in history. Berlin: Edition open access.MoreBook page
Renn, J. (Ed.). (2007).The genesis of general relativity. Vol. 1-4. Dordrecht: Springer.More
Renn, J., & Damerow, P. (2012).The equilibrium controversy: Guidobaldo del Monte's critical notes on the mechanics of Jordanus and Benedetti and their historical and conceptual background. Berlin: Edition open access.MoreBook pageSee also
Renn, J. (2013). Schrödinger and the genesis of wave mechanics. In W. L. Reiter, & J. Yngvason (Eds.), Erwin Schrödinger – 50 years after (pp. 9-36). Zürich: European Mathematical Society.More
Gavroglu, K., & Renn, J. (Eds.). (2007).Positioning the history of science. Dordrecht: Springer.More
Omodeo, P. D., & Renn, J. (2013).Das Prinzip Kontingenz in der Naturwissenschaft der Renaissance. Berlin: Max-Planck-Institut für Wissenschaftsgeschichte.MoreP440.pdf
Musei Capitolini, Roma Inauguration: Archimede, arte e scienza dell' invenzione
Seven Pines Symposium: The Conceptual Development of Quantum Physics, Minnesota From Classical Mechanics to Quantum Mechanics. Schroedinger and Umdeutung
Planetarium am Insulaner, Berlin Einsteins Entdeckung der Relativitaetstheorie
Institut des Hautes Etudes Scientifiques (IHES ), Paris Einstein's Path to General Relativity
UNESCO, First WSIS+10 Review Meeting, Paris Berlin Declaration on Open Access to Knowledge in the Sciences and Humanities + 10 Commitment of the Max Planck Society and International Research and Cultural Organisations