Prof. Dr. Eberhard Knobloch

Since 2005 Eberhard Knobloch has served as president of the Académie Internationale d’Histoire des Sciences (Paris). Until 2009 he was academy professor of history of science and technology at the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities and at the Technical University of Berlin. Being one of Topoi’s principal investigators, Eberhard Knobloch was project leader of the Alexander von Humboldt research group and of two series of the Leibniz edition. In his capacity as mathematician and classical philologist he is especially interested in the ancient mathematical sciences. Geodesy and land surveying were based on mathematical methods and instruments and deeply influenced by cosmological and astronomical considerations. The writings of Hyginus Gromaticus are of highest importance in this respect.