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.
|since 2012||Leader 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”|
|2011-2012||Leader 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”|
|2009-2011||Member of CRC 644: Transformations of Antiquity (Humboldt University and MPIWG – Funded by the DFG)|
|2009||Ph.D. thesis “Galileo’s Challenges: The Origin and Early Conceptual Development of Galileo’s Theory of Naturally Accelerated Motion on Inclined Planes”|
|1998-2008||Research scholar at the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science|
|1991-1998||Studied physics and philosophy at the University of Konstanz and the Freie Universität Berlin|
|1990||Graduation from classical language high school|
Büttner, J. (2017). Shooting with ink. In M. Valleriani (
Büttner, J. (2013). La leva, la bilancia e una meravigliosa dimostrazione. In G. Di Pasquale, & C. Parisi Presicce (
Büttner, J. (2013). The lever, the balance and a beautiful proof. In G. Di Pasquale, & C. Parisi Presicce (
Büttner, J. (2009). Galilei, Galileo: Discorsi e dimostrazioni matematiche intorno à due nuove scienze attenenti alla mecanica & i movimenti locali. In H. L. Arnold (
Büttner, J., & Renn, J. (2009). Kosmologie zwischen Physik und Philosophie bei Galileo und Einstein. In S. Borrmann, & G. Rager (
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