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Matteo Valleriani

Research Group Leader (Since 1998)

Dr., Honorary Professor in History of Science at the Technische Universität in Berlin, Professor by Special Appointment at the Tel Aviv University

Matteo Valleriani is Research Group Leader in Dept. I, Honorary Professor at the Technische Universität Berlin, Professor for Special Appointments at the Faculty of Humanities at Tel Aviv University, and Principal Investigator of the Project “Images and Configurations in Corpora of University Textbooks” at the Berlin Center for Machine Learning.

In his research, he investigates processes of 1) emergence of scientific knowledge in relation to its practical, social, and institutional dimensions, and 2) homogenization of scientific knowledge in the framework of Cultural Heritage Studies.

Centering on cosmological knowledge, Matteo Valleriani’s current major research project is concerned with the evolution of the scientific knowledge system and with the establishment of a shared scientific identity in Europe in the period between the thirteenth and the seventeenth centuries. In the frame of this project he also co-develops and implements multi-layered network models (sphaera.mpiwg-berlin.mpg.de).

A further focus of his research is on the epistemic function of visual material in scientific research and in the framework of processes of knowledge transformation. Within this context he co-develops and applies machine learning technologies.  

As leader of the working group “The Structures of Practical Knowledge” he investigated the epistemic mechanisms that integrated practical knowledge and its codification into abstract structures of scientific knowledge during the early modern period (The Structures of Practical Knowledge, Springer Nature, 2017).

His major projects have been dedicated to Galileo's science (Galileo Engineer, Springer, 2010) and to Nicolò Tartaglia’s ballistics (Metallurgy, Ballistics and Epistemic Instruments: The “Nova Scientia” of Nicolò Tartaglia. A New Edition, Edition Open Access, 2013). Affiliated to the Excellence Cluster Topoi, he investigated the emergence of hydromechanics in classical antiquity (Hydrostatics and Pneumatics in Antiquity, in G. L. Irby (ed.), A Companion to Science, Technology, and Medicine in Ancient Greece and Rome, Wiley-Blackwell, 2016). Matteo Valleriani worked on the processes of the appropriation of ancient science during the early modern period. He edited an issue of Nuncius (Appropriation and Transformation of Ancient Science, Nuncius, 29, 2014), which contains his final contribution to the study of the appropriation of ancient pneumatics through early modern garden technology (Ancient Pneumatics Transformed During the Early Modern Period, Nuncius, 29, 2014, 127–174: also http://pratolino.mpiwg- berlin.mpg.de).

Projects

Leonardos intellektueller Kosmos in der Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin, 11. Mai bis 17. Juli 2021

MEHR

Berlin Institute for the Foundations of Learning and Data (BIFOLD)

MEHR

BIFOLD - BZML

MEHR

Modeling Data and Analyzing Diffusion Using Early Modern Cosmological Treatises

MEHR

Networks, Network Science, and Knowledge Graphs

MEHR

Open Access to Publications, Sources, and Research Data

MEHR

The Sphere: Knowledge System Evolution and the Shared Scientific Identity in Europe

MEHR

Convivencia. Iberian to Global Dynamics (500–1750)

MEHR

Leonardo's Intellectual Cosmos at the Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin, May 11 to July 17, 2021

MEHR

Pratolino: The History of Science in a Garden

MEHR

The Emergence and Expansion of Preclassical Mechanics

MEHR

The Matrix and Structures of Practical Knowledge

MEHR

Selected Publications

Renn, Jürgen, Matteo Valleriani, Sabine Hoffmann, and Antonio Becchi, eds. (2021). Leonardos intellektueller Kosmos. Florenz: Giunti.

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Renn, Jürgen, Matteo Valleriani, Sabine Hoffmann, and Antonio Becchi, eds. (2021). Leonardo’s Intellectual Cosmos. Florenz: Giunti.

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Valleriani, Matteo, and Jürgen Renn (2021). “Welcher Leonardo?” In Leonardos intellektueller Kosmos, ed. J. Renn, M. Valleriani, S. Hoffmann, and A. Becchi, 197–209. Florenz: Giunti.

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Valleriani, Matteo (2021). “Laying the Foundation for the Galileo Myth. Review of Gattei, Stefano: On the Life of Galileo: Viviani’s Historical Account and other early Biographies. Princeton: Princeton University Press 2019.” Metascience 30. 30: 169…

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