People

Jochen Büttner

TOPOI Research Group Leader (Jan 2019-Nov 2021)

Dipl. Phys.

Jochen Büttner 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.

Projects

Atlas of Innovations

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BIFOLD - BZML

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Opening up Data for Re-use: Semantic Modeling and Sustainability

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Research Websites as Research Data

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Spatio-Temporal Analysis using Data Visualization

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Weighing as an Early Global Innovation

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Albert Einstein—Chief Engineer of the Universe (Exhibition 2005)

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Knowledge of Astronomy and the Invention of the Telescope: International Year of Astronomy 2009

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Pratolino: The History of Science in a Garden

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The Emergence and Expansion of Preclassical Mechanics

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Selected Publications

Eberle, O., Büttner, J., Kräutli, F., Müller, K.-R., Valleriani, M., & Montavon, G. (2020). Building and Interpreting Deep Similarity Models. IEEE Transactions on Pattern Analysis and Machine Intelligence. doi:10.1109/TPAMI.2020.3020738.

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Büttner, J., Renn, J., & Schemmel, M. (2003). Exploring the limits of classical physics. Planck, Einstein and the structure of a scientific revolution. Studies in History and Philosophy of Modern Physics, 34B(1), 37-59. doi:10.1016/S1355-2198(02…

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Büttner, J. (2019). Swinging and rolling: unveiling Galileo’s unorthodox path from a challenging problem to a new science. Dordrecht: Springer. doi:10.1007/978-94-024-1594-0.

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Büttner, J., Renn, J., & Schemmel, M. (2018). The early history of weighing technology from the perspective of a theory of innovation. In R. Feldhay, J. Renn, M. Schemmel, & M. Valleriani (Eds.), Emergence and expansion of pre-classical…

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Events

Institute's Colloquium

Prolegomena to a Theory of Innovation in Antiquity

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Media

Presentations, Talks, & Teaching Activities

Astronomisches Wissen im Wandel: Von der Nebra Himmelsscheibe zum kopernikanischen System

TU Berlin

Die Entstehung einer Wissenschaft: Vom altägyptischen Transportschlitten zur Newtonschen Mechanik

TU Berlin

Astronomical Knowledge; From the Nebra Sky Disk to the Copernican System

IU Bloomington