Jochen Büttner

TOPOI Research Group Leader
Department I
Dipl. Phys., Dr. des.
November 1, 2012 to October 31, 2017

Current work:

Jochen Büttner's currently investigates processes of innovation in the ancient world. A particular focus lies on the question which role knowledge played in these processes and, how in turn, innovation influenced the formation of theoretical bodies of knowledge.

He retains his longstanding interest in early modern mechanics. His main research theme in this area regards the role of so called 'challenging objects' as mediators between practical and theoretical knowledge in the early modern period.

Jochen Büttner has long been concerned with the use, theoretically as well as practically, of new electronic media in the history of science and, more generally, in the humanities. In this context, he has collaborated in, designed and directed a number of projects.

Digital Humanities

Curriculum Vitae:

since 2012Leader of the Junior Research Group D-5-5 (Between knowledge and innovation: The unequal armed balance) of the Excellence Cluster TOPOI “The Formation and Transformation of Space and Knowledge in Ancient Civilizations”
2011-2012Leader of the Cross Sectional Group III (Technology Transfer in Antiquity) of the Excellence Cluster TOPOI “The Formation and Transformation of Space and Knowledge in Ancient Civilizations”
2009-2011Member of CRC 644: Transformations of Antiquity (Humboldt University and MPIWG – Funded by the DFG)
2009Ph.D. thesis “Galileo’s Challenges: The Origin and Early Conceptual Development of Galileo’s Theory of Naturally Accelerated Motion on Inclined Planes”
1998-2008Research scholar at the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science
1991-1998Studied physics and philosophy at the University of Konstanz and the Freie Universität Berlin
1990Graduation from classical language high school
Selected publications: 

Büttner, J. (2017). Shooting with ink. In M. Valleriani (Ed.), The structures of practical knowledge (pp. 115-166). Cham: Springer.

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Büttner, J. (2013). La leva, la bilancia e una meravigliosa dimostrazione. In G. Di Pasquale, & C. Parisi Presicce (Eds.), Archimede: arte e scienza dell' invenzione; Roma, Musei Capitolini, 31 maggio 2013 - 12 gennaio 2014 (Giunti, pp. 86-91). Firenze.

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Büttner, J. (2013). The lever, the balance and a beautiful proof. In G. Di Pasquale, & C. Parisi Presicce (Eds.), Archimedes: the art and science of invention; Rome, Musei Capitolini, 31 May 2013 - 12 January 2014 (pp. 85-91). Firenze: Giunti.

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Büttner, J. (2009). Galilei, Galileo: Discorsi e dimostrazioni matematiche intorno à due nuove scienze attenenti alla mecanica & i movimenti locali. In H. L. Arnold (Ed.), Kindlers Literatur Lexikon. Vol. 6 (3., völlig neu bearb. Aufl., pp. 50-51). Stuttgart: Metzler.

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Büttner, J., & Renn, J. (2009). Kosmologie zwischen Physik und Philosophie bei Galileo und Einstein. In S. Borrmann, & G. Rager (Eds.), Kosmologie, Evolution und Evolutionäre Anthropologie (pp. 49-78). Freiburg i. Br. [u.a.]: Alber.

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Teaching activities
Fall 2011
TU BerlinAstronomisches Wissen im Wandel: Von der Nebra Himmelsscheibe zum kopernikanischen System
Spring 2012
TU BerlinDie Entstehung einer Wissenschaft: Vom altägyptischen Transportschlitten zur Newtonschen Mechanik
Fall 2010
IU BloomingtonAstronomical Knowledge; From the Nebra Sky Disk to the Copernican System