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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

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

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BIFOLD - BZML

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Modeling Data and Analyzing Diffusion Using Early Modern Cosmological Treatises

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Networks, Network Science, and Knowledge Graphs

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Open Access to Publications, Sources, and Research Data

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

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Convivencia. Iberian to Global Dynamics (500–1750)

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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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The Matrix and Structures of Practical Knowledge

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Selected Publications

Renn, J., Wintergrün, D., Lalli, R., Laubichler, M., & Valleriani, M. (2016). Netzwerke als Wissensspeicher. In J. Mittelstraß, & U. Rüdiger (Eds.), Die Zukunft der Wissensspeicher: Forschen, Sammeln und Vermitteln im 21. Jahrhundert (pp. 35…

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Kräutli, F., & Valleriani, M. (2017). CorpusTracer: a CIDOC database for tracing knowledge networks. Digital Scholarship in the Humanities, 33(2), 336-346. doi:10.1093/llc/fqx047.

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Feldhay, R., Renn, J., Schemmel, M., & Valleriani, M. (2018). Introduction. In R. Feldhay, J. Renn, M. Schemmel, & M. Valleriani (Eds.), Emergence and Expansion of Preclassical Mechanics (pp. IX-XIII). Dordrecht: Springer.

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Digital Resources

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Events

Colloquium

Colloquium for Wolfgang Lefèvre

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Talk

Astrology and Magistrates in Early Modern France

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Talk

POSTPONED: Translating Euclid into Hebrew: Ben Makhir's Translation of Data

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Presentation

Where is Astronomy Between 1633 and 1686? The Intermediate System by Giovanni Battista Riccioli S.J.

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Digital Humanities Workshop

DH Brown Bag Lunch

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Lecture

The Illustrated Book in Lyon (1480–1600) - Equipex Biblissima

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Lecture

The Authors of the Early Modern Commentaries on De sphaera

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Workshop

Practical and Pragmatic Literature in Legal and Science History

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Book Presentation

Galileo Galilei—New Sources

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Lecture

Early Modern Mathematics: Towards a Social History of Mathematical Consistency

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Institute's Colloquium

The Future of Academic Publishing

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Institute's Colloquium

Prolegomena to a Theory of Innovation in Antiquity

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Institute's Colloquium

Colour Knowledge in the 18th Century: Practice, Systematisation, and Natural Philosophy

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Institute's Colloquium

The Archaeology of Practical Knowledge: Instruments, Techniques and Craft Practice

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Institute's Colloquium

The Early Modern Engineer’s Nature

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Institute's Colloquium

Cause and Effect in Biology Revisited: Is Mayr’s Proximate-ultimate Dichotomy Still Useful?

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