Matthias Schemmel

Research Scholar
Research Scholars are early career scholars who have ordinarily already had at least one postdoctoral fellowship or equivalent academic experience. This is the equivalent of an entry-level academic position (e.g. assistant professor in North America, Lecturer in the United Kingdom, Maître de conférences in France). These scholars carry considerable responsibilities (no more than 30% of their time) within their research unit.
Department I
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Residence:
since 1. Juli 2003
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Current work

Long-term development of spatial cognition; history of early modern mechanics; history of modern physics and astronomy; history of Chinese science

Selected publications: 

Blum, A. S., Renn, J., & Schemmel, M. (2016). Experience and representation in modern physics: the reshaping of space. Berlin: Max-Planck-Institut für Wissenschaftsgeschichte.

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Blum, A. S., Renn, J., & Schemmel, M. (2016). Experience and representation in modern physics: the reshaping of space. In M. Schemmel (Ed.), Spatial thinking and external representation: towards a historical epistemology of space (pp. 191-212). Berlin: Edition Open Access.

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Schemmel, M. (2016). Harriot, Thomas: Renaissance Philosophy. In M. Sgarbi (Ed.), Encyclopedia of Renaissance Philosophy (pp. 1-2). Cham/CH: Springer International Publishing.

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Schemmel, M. (2016). Historical epistemology of space: from primate cognition to spacetime physics. Cham/CH [u.a.]: Springer International Publishing.

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Schemmel, M. (Ed.). (2016). Spatial thinking and external representation: towards a historical epistemology of space. Berlin: Edition Open Access.

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Presentations
2014, June and July
The Mechanization of Geometry: From Antiquity to the Modern Age, Max Planck Institute for the History of Science; The Thomas Harriot Seminar 2014, Birkbeck, University of London
Geometry in Flux: Thomas Harriot's Geometry of Motion
2014, May
Workshop “Terminology in (Ancient) Sciences”, Humboldt University, Berlin
Everyday Language and Technical Terminology: Mohists – Newton – Einstein
2014, January
Studientag des SFB 980, Freie Universität Berlin
Aspekte des frühneuzeitlichen Transfers wissenschaftlichen Wissens von Europa nach China
2012, December
Winter School ‘Philologies Across the Asias’, Delhi
Transfer and Transformation: Early Modern European Science in China
2012, May
Colloquium of the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science, Berlin
The Place of Mohist Science in a Long-Term History of Knowledge
2012, March
Colloquium ‘Modern Geometry and the Concept of Space’, Max Planck Institute for the History of Science, Berlin
Towards an Historical Epistemology of Space
2010, October and 2011, January
TOPOI Plenary Session 2010, Humboldt University, Berlin; 2nd Workshop “Art, Space, and Mobility” of the Kunsthistorisches Institut in Florenz, Museum für Islamische Kunst, Berlin
Historical Epistemology of Space: Experience and Theoretical Reflection in the Historical Development of Spatial Knowledge
2010, January
Workshop on “Challenging Objects”, Max Planck Institute for the History of Science
The Projectile Trajectory as a Challenging Object of Study: The Case of Thomas Harriot
2009, November
Workshop ‘Go-Betweens, Translations, and the Circulation of Knowledge in the Early Modern Low Countries’, UCL, London
Stevin in Chinese: Aspects of the Transformation of Early Modern European Science in Its Transfer to China
2009, September
Workshop ‘Alvarus Thomas: Reopening the Liber de triplici motu (1509)’, Lisbon
Alvarus Thomas as a Missing Link between Scholastic and Early Modern Science
2009, August
International conference ‘Philosophical Aspects of Symbolic Reasoning in Early Modern Science and Mathematics’, Universiteit Gent
Medieval Representations of Change and Their Early Modern Application
2009, June
TOPOI “Area Tuesday”, Max Planck Institute for the History of Science
The Transformation of Ancient Cosmological Knowledge in Early Modern Times
2009, June
Tagung zur Fortbildung für Astronomielehrer, Universität Jena
Das Teleskop und die Entstehung eines neuen Weltbildes durch die Transformation des Wissens
2009, May
Workshop ‘Writing and the Transmission of Knowledge’ Library Werner Oechslin, Einsiedeln
The Role of Writing for Theoretical Reflection on Spatial Concepts in Chinese and Greek Antiquity
2006, December and 2007, April and December
Kolloquium für Wissenschaftstheorie und Wissenschaftsgeschichte, Universität Bern; Kolloquium für Wissenschafts- und Technikgeschichte, Technische Universität Bergakademie Freiberg; Seminar für Wissenschaftsgeschichte der deutschen Akademie der Naturforscher Leopoldina, Halle
Der englische Galilei: Thomas Harriot und die Entstehung der modernen Mechanik als Transformation kollektiven Wissens
2006, January
China-Workshop: Weltbilder und Technik, International Center for Cultural and Technological Studies, Universität Stuttgart
Praktisches und theoretisches Wissen im ‘Mohistischen Kanon’ und der Vergleich mit der europäischen Tradition
2005, October
DFG-Rundgespräch ‘Begriffswandel – ein interdiszipliäres Kolloquium’, Akademie Sankelmark, Flensburg
Begriffswandel als Folge von Wissensintegration: Das Beispiel der begrifflichen Fassung des Phänomens der Schwere
2005, July
22nd International Congress for the History of Science, Beijing
Shared Knowledge and Alternative Solutions in Harriot and Galileo’s Work on Motion
2004, February and June, and 2006, September
Colloquium of the Program in the History of Science and Technology at the University of Minnesota; The Thomas Harriot Lecture, Oxford University; Colloquium of the Institute for History and Foundations of Science, Universiteit Utrecht
The English Galileo: Thomas Harriot and the Force of Shared Knowledge in Early Modern Mechanics
2003, March
3rd International Symposium on Ancient Chinese Books and Records of Science and Technology, Universität Tübingen
The Sections on Mechanics in the ‘Mohist Canon’: Historical Issues.
2002, December
The Thomas Harriot Seminar, Durham University
Was Thomas Harriot an English Galileo? Harriot’s Studies on Ballistics and the Fall of Bodies as an Example of Preclassical Mechanics
2001, February
Eurosymposium Galileo 2001, Puerto de la Cruz, Tenerife
England’s Forgotten Galileo: A View on Thomas Harriot’s Ballistic Parabolas
2000, May
Workshop Mathematics and Physics 1900–1930, Mathematisches Forschungsinstitut Oberwolfach
On the Relation of Mathematics and Physics in the Early Quantum Revolution
2000, May
The Boston Colloquium for the Philosophy and History of Science, Boston University
Exploring the Limits of Classical Physics: Planck, Einstein, and the Structure of a Scientific Revolution (together with Jochen Büttner and Jürgen Renn)
2000, January
Erstes interdisziplinäres Kolloquium zur Wissenschaftsgeschichte, Universität Hamburg
Einsteins Alternativen: Fragen einer historischen Epistemologie am Beispiel der Entstehung der allgemeinen Relativitätstheorie
1999, July
5th International Conference on History and Foundations of General Relativity (HGR 5), University of Notre Dame
An Astronomical Road to General Relativity: The Prehistory of Karl Schwarzschild’s Contribution
Teaching activities
Winter 2013/2014
Humboldt-Universität zu BerlinExperiment und Metaphysik bei Edgar Wind [Experiment and Metaphysics in Edgar Wind’s Work] (together with Sascha Freyberg)
Winter 2012/2013
Technische Universität BerlinKarten, Globen, Kosmographien und der Weltbildwandel um 1500 [Maps, globes, cosmographies, and the change of world view around 1500] (together with Günther Görz and Klaus Vogel)
Winter 2009/2010
Humboldt-Universität zu BerlinKants 'Metaphysische Anfangsgruende der Naturwissenschaft': Text und wissenschaftshistorischer Kontext [Kant’s 'Metaphysische Anfangsgründe der Naturwissenschaft': The text and its place in the history of science]
Winter 2008/2009
Humboldt-Universität zu BerlinWissenschaftspopularisierung im 19. Jahrhundert [Popularization of science in the 19th century] (together with Milena Wazeck)
Summer 2008
Humboldt-Universität zu BerlinEigenständige Tradition und Wissenstransfer: Die Geschichte der Wissenschaft in China [Independent tradition and transfer of knowledge: The history of science in China] (together with Dagmar Schäfer)
Spring 2008
Universität BernDie Geschichte des Raumbegriffs von der Antike bis in die Gegenwart [The history of the concept of space from antiquity to the present]
Winter 2007/2008
Humboldt-Universität zu BerlinIm Grenzbereich von Wissenschaftsgeschichte und Wissenschaftstheorie: Fragen einer theoretischen Wissensgeschichte [At the borders of history and philosophy of science: Questions of a history of knowledge]
Winter 2006/2007
Universität BernDie Entstehung einer Wissenschaft: Mechanik von der Antike bis in die frühe Neuzeit [The emergence of a science: Mechanics from antiquity to the early modern period]
Winter 2006/2007
Humboldt-Universität zu BerlinTransformationen des Raumbegriffs: Die Geschichte der Vorstellungen vom physikalischen Raum von der Antike bis in die Gegenwart [Transformations of the concept of space: The history of conceptions of physical space from antiquity to the present]
Summer 2003
Technische Universität BerlinDer Ursprung der Mechanik: von der Antike bis in die frühe Neuzeit [The origin of mechanics: from antiquity to the early modern period] (together with Jochen Büttner)