Dipl. Phys. Dr. des. Jochen Büttner

Jochen Büttner studied physics and philosophy at the University of Konstanz and the Freie Universität Berlin. In 2009 he completed his Ph.D. with his doctoral thesis “Galileo’s Challenges: The Origin and Early Conceptual Development of Galileo’s Theory of Naturally Accelerated Motion on Inclined Planes”. Within Topoi he leads the Junior Research Group (D-5-5) Between knowledge and innovation: The unequal armed balance. His research focuses on processes of innovation in the ancient world, in particular on the question which role knowledge played in these processes and, how in turn, innovation influenced the formation of theoretical bodies of knowledge.


Further Activities

Jun 2013 Talk Prolegomena to a theory of innovation in antiquity
Part of: Institute’s Colloquium of the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science

Sept 2012 Talk Swinging and Rolling: at the Root of Galileo’s New Theory of Motion
Part of: Colloque en mémoire de Pierre Souffrin, Vinci

Fall 2010 Lecture “Astronomical Knowledge – From the Nebra Sky Disk to the Copernican System”
Lecture at the Collins Living Learning Center, IU Bloomington