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.
Atlas of Innovations
Berlin Center for Machine Learning (BZML)
Opening up Data for Re-use: Semantic Modeling and Sustainability
Research Websites as Research Data
Spatio-Temporal Analysis using Data Visualization
The Emergence and Expansion of Preclassical Mechanics
Weighing as an Early Global Innovation
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.Read More
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…Read More
Büttner, J., & Renn, J. (2016). The early history of weighing technology from the perspective of a theory of innovation. eTopoi: Journal for Ancient Studies, 6, 757-776.Read More
Hansen, S., Renn, J., Klimscha, F., Büttner, J., Helwing, B., & Kruse, S. (2016). The digital atlas of innovations: a research program on innovations in prehistory and antiquity. eTopoi: Journal for Ancient Studies, 6, 777-818.Read More