Matteo Valleriani

Research Group Leader
Department I
Dr.
Residence:
since October 15, 1998
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Matteo Valleriani's research focuses on the history of mechanics from classical antiquity to late Renaissance. In particular, his research intends to determine the role of the relations between practical knowledge and technology on the one side, and theoretical knowledge on the other side, within the framework of the processes of emergence of new theoretical knowledge. The research is structured on four different levels. The first level is the epistemological level that aims at formulating an epistemic theory of practical knowledge. The second level concerns mechanisms of diffusion of practical knowledge and the consequences this diffusion has in different cultures, as well as the transmission over epochs. The third level refers to the relationship between practical knowledge and natural philosophy. Finally, the fourth level analyzes the inherent points of contact between practical and theoretical knowledge and explores the mechanisms of the processes of emergence of new scientific knowledge.

Matteo Valleriani's research moreover extends the implementation of the approach used to explore mechanisms of diffusion of knowledge also to studies dedicated to the role of Aristotelian knowledge in all cultures and epochs, in which this played a relevant role.

Selected publications: 

Valleriani, M. (2017). The epistemology of practical knowledge. In M. Valleriani (Ed.), The structures of practical knowledge (pp. 1-19). Cham: Springer.

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Valleriani, M. (Ed.). (2017). The structures of practical knowledge. Cham: Springer.

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Valleriani, M. (2017). The tracts on the 'Sphere': knowledge restructured over a network. In M. Valleriani (Ed.), The structures of practical knowledge (pp. 421-473). Cham: Springer.

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Valleriani, M. (2016). Galileo Galilei. In M. Hagner (Ed.), Kindler Kompakt: Klassiker der Naturwissenschaften (pp. 72-74). Stuttgart: Metzler.

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Valleriani, M. (2016). Hydrostatics and pneumatics in antiquity. In G. L. Irby (Ed.), A companion to science, technology, and medicine in Ancient Greece and Rome (pp. 145-160). Malden [u.a.]: Wiley-Blackwell.

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Presentations
April 2013
Institute’s Colloquium, Max Planck Institute for the History of Science, Berlin
The Renaissance Engineer’s Nature
January 2013
3rd International Conference of the European Society for Early Modern Philosophy - Grenoble
16th-century Professionals and Natural Philosophers: A Debate about Nature
December 2012
Thomas Harriot Seminar, Durham
The Renaissance Engineer’s Nature
November 2012
Annual Meeting of the American History of Science Society, San Diego
Organizer of Session: Experience as a Mechanism of Appropriation and Transformation of Ancient Science Speakers: Joyce van Leeuwen (University of Pittsburgh), Courtney Roby (Cornell University), Harald Siebert (Université de Versailles), and Matteo Valleriani (MPIWG)
September 2012
Gardening and Knowledge. Landscape Design and the Sciences in the Early Modern Period - University of Hannover
The Organ of the Garden of Tivoli
September 2012
Tintenfass und Teleskop - Villa Vigoni, Italy
Galileo’s Trattato della Sfera in the Context of the Tradition of Practical Astronomy
June 2012
Matters of Weight - Kunsthistorisches Institut, Florence
Mechanics and the Resistance of Materials
May 2012
My Anthropocene - Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin
Implementation of Water in Antiquity from the Near East to the Borders of the Roman Empire
January 2011
Technische Universität Berlin. Forschungscolloquium
Dir Struktur des praktischen Wissens. Italien. Ende des 16. Jahrhunderts
December 2010
Mathematical Life in the Dutch Republic - The Lorentz Center. Leiden, The Netherlands
Practical and Theoretical Knowledge in Early Modern Italy
June 2010
Fabrique et usage du jardin du XIVe au XVIIe siècle. Centre d’Études Supérieures de la Renaissance, Tours, France
The Garden of Pratolino: Ancient Science on the Workbench of the Renaissance Engineer
January 2010
Evening lecture - Sternwarte Bruno H. Bürgel, Berlin
Galileo Engineer
December 2009
Research Colloquium organized by Klaus Hentschel - Universität Stuttgart, Dept. for History of Sicnce and Technology
Galileo Engineer
December 2009
Research Colloquium organized by Friedrich Steinle - Technische Universität, Dept. of History and Philosophy of Science, Berlin
Galileo Engineer
September 2009
Annual Meeting of the German Society for the History of Science (Ursula Klein's Panel) - Hannover
Galileo Engineer
November 2009
HSS Annual Meeting - Phoenix, AZ
Galileo Engineer
April 2009
BB Lecture organized by Kristie Macrakis - Dept. of History of Science at the Georgia Institute of Technology
Galileo Engineer
April 2009
Evening lecture organized by Mario Biagioli - Dept. of History of Science, Harvard University
Galileo Engineer
April 2009
"Garden Panel" organized by K. Park - Dept. of History of Science of Harvard University
Hero’s Pneumatics: An Ancient Framework Tested and Approved at the Garden of Pratolino for the Development of Modern Science
November 2008
Colloquium Dept. II (Lorraine Daston) - Max Planck Institute for the History of Science
Galileo’s Cancelled Project on Acoustic Instruments at the Medici Court
October 2008
SHOT - Lisboa
The Garden of Pratolino: Material Translation and Transformation of Hero’s Pneumatics
October 2008
La cultura delle acque dal Medioevo al Rinascimento - Centro Leon Battista Alberti, Mantova (Italy)
Erone rinascimentale: le macchine pneumatiche di Pratolino
July 2008
Three Societies Meeting - Oxford, UK
Galileo Engineer: Exploring Galileo’s Practical Knowledge
April 2008
Ludi Naturae. Transformations of an Ancient Topos in Science and Art - Humboldt University of Berlin, Berlin (Germany)
The Garden of Pratolino: Ancient Technology Breaks Through Modern Iconology’s Barriers
April 2008
War in Words - Humboldt University of Berlin, Berlin (Germany)
The War in Ariosto’s Orlando Furioso: Snap-Shot Of The Passage From Medieval to Early Modern Technology
Teaching activities
Summer Semester 2011
Place: Technische Universität, Berlin, Straße des 17. Juni, 135Proseminar: Technologie und Geometrie: die frühneuzeitliche Revolution der Kriegskunst
Winter Semester 2010/2011
Place: Technische Universität, Berlin, Straße des 17. Juni, 135Proseminar: Das Experiment: eine Reise in den wissenschaftlichen Salon Robert Boyles
September 2010
Internationa Summer School for the History of Science, Vinci (Italy)1) Levers and Balances in the Middle Age and in the Renaissance; 2) "Scientia de ponderibus" and its consequences in the Renaissance; 3) Galileo Engineer
Summer Semester 2010
Place: Technische Universität, Berlin, Straße des 17. Juni, 135Proseminar: Konzeptionen antiker Wissenschaft
Summer Semester 2010
Place: Technische Universität, Berlin, Straße des 17. Juni, 135Proseminar: Galileo Galilei: die frühneuzeitliche Wissenschaft und ihr Kontext
Sommer Semester 2007
Humboldt Universität zu Berlin, Institut für Romanistik, Dorotheen str. 65, Berlin, wöchentlich Dienstag, 16-18 Uhr, Raum 4.73.Antike Wissenschaft und technologische Entwicklung in der Literatur der frühen Neuzeit. Das Beispiel der Hofliteratur im 16. Jahrhundert: Ariostos Orlando Furioso