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Name: ZHANG Butian

Ph.D., Associate Professor

Residence: July, 2008– now

Departments and research group: Research Center for Science and Culture

 

Education

 

University of Science & Technology of China, in Department of Thermal Science and Energy Engineering, 1995 September — 1996 July

University of Science & Technology of China, Department of Modern Physics, B.S. 1996 July—2000 July

Peking University, Department of Philosophy, Ph.D. 2002 September — 2008 June:

(Dissertation: Quantification of Qualities and Motion——A Study of the Kinematics in the Fourteenth-Century Scholastic Natural Philosophy)

 

Employment History

 

Institute for the History of Natural Science, Chinese Academy of Sciences, 2008 July~Now.

 

Research Interest/Areas

 

Medieval and Early Modern Science, Scientific Revolution, Origins of Modernity

Selected publications

 

Selected Publications

 

Monograph

Zhang Butian, Quantification of Qualities and Motion——A Study of the Kinematics in the Fourteenth-Century Scholastic Natural Philosophy, Peking University Press, 2010.

 

Papers

1. Zhang Butian, “Study of Oresme’s Graphic Representation of Intensity of Qualities”, Journal of Dialectics of Nature, 2006 (5).

2. Zhang Butian, “The Debate on the Nature of Motion in the Middle Ages”, Studies in the History of Natural Science, 2008 (1).

3. Zhang Butian, “The Most Important Encyclopedia in the Latin West: Isidore’s Etymologiae”, The Chinese Journal for the History of Science and Technology, 2008 (3).

4. Zhang Butian, “Thomas Bradwardine’s Dynamic Law”, Journal of Guangxi University For Nationalities(Natural Science Edition) , 2010 (1).

5. Zhang Butian, “The Transformation of the Meaning of ‘Mechanics’ from Ancient Greek to Early Modern Age”, Science & Culture Review, 2010 (3).

6. Zhang Butian, “The Debate on the Intension and Remission of Qualities in the Medieval Natural Philosophy”, Journal of Dialectics of Nature, 2010 (4).

7. Zhang Butian, “A Review of the Chinese Translation of Richard S. Westfall's The Construction of Modern Science: Mechanism and Mechanics”, The Chinese Journal for the History of Science and Technology, 2010 (3).

8. Zhang Butian, “The Thinking Style of Natural Philosophy in the Middle Ages”, Science & Culture Review, 2011, 8(3): 26-34.

9. Liu Shengli, Zhang Butian, “The Immobility of Place: Aporia of Aristotle's Doctrine of Place”, The Chinese Journal for the History of Science and Technology, 2011, 32(3):418-430.

10. Zhang Butian, “Development and Prospects of Historical Research on Medieval Science”, The Chinese Journal for the History of Science and Technology, 2012, 33(3):285-295.

11. Zhang Butian, “Scientific Revolution and Needham Question: An Interview with Professor Floris Cohen”, Science & Culture Review, 2012, 9(4): 103-113.

12. Zhang Butian, “Comments on the Translation Series on the Origins and Development of Science”, The Chinese Journal for the History of Science and Technology, 2013, 34(1):102-106.

13. Zhang Butian, “Historiographical Views Implied in the Start/End Time of the Scientific Revolution”, Science & Culture Review, 2013, 10(4): 29-38.

 

Translations(English and German into Chinese):

Books

1. Alexandre Koyré, Newtonian Studies, Peking University Press, 2003.

House of Lords, Science and Society, Beijing Institute of Technology Press, 2004.

2. Johannes Kepler, Harmonies of the World, vol. 5, in On the Shoulder of Giants ed. Stephen Hawking, LiaoNing Education Press, 2004.

3. Nicholas Copernicus, On the Revolutions of Heavenly Spheres, in On the Shoulder of Giants ed, Stephen Hawking, LiaoNing Education Press, 2004.

4. Robert C. Solomon, Big Questions: A Short Introduction to Philosophy 6th ed, GuangXi Normal University Press, 2004.

5. Andrew Robinson, Einstein: A Hundred Years of Relativity ed, Hunan Science and Technology Press, 2005.

6. Martin Davis, Engines of Logic, Hunan Science and Technology Press, 2005.

7. Brian Ridley, On Science, GuangXi Normal University Press, 2006.

8. Alexander Koyré, From the Closed World to the Infinite Universe by Peking University Press, 2008.

9. Frederic M. Wheelock, Wheelock’s Latin 6th ed, World Publishing Corporation, 2009.

10. Walter Isaacson, Einstein, His Life and Universe, Hunan Science and Technology Press, 2009.

11. E. J. Dijksterhuis, The Mechanization of the World Picture, Hunan Science and Technology Press, 2010.

12. Edward Grant, The Foundations of Modern Science in the Middle Ages, Hunan Science and Technology Press, 2010.

13. Michael Friedman, A Parting of the Ways: Carnap, Cassirer, Heidegger, Peking University Press, 2010.

14. I. Bernard Cohen, The Birth of A New Physics, Hunan Science and Technology Press, 2010.

15. Edwin Arthur Burtt, The Metaphysical Foundation of Modern Physical Science, Hunan Science and Technology Press, 2012.

16. H. Floris Cohen, De herschepping van de wereld: Het ontstaan van de moderne natuurwetenschap verklaard, Hunan Science and Technology Press, 2012.

17. H. Floris Cohen, The Scientific Revolution: A Historiographical Inquiry, Hunan Science and Technology Press, 2012.

18. Margaret J. Osler, Reconfiguring the World: Nature, God, and Human Understanding from the Middle Ages to Early Modern Europe, Hunan Science and Technology Press, 2012.

19. Michael Allen Gillespie, The Theological Origins of Modernity, Hunan Science and Technology Press, 2012.

20. David Lindberg, The Beginnings of Western Science: The European Scientific Tradition in Philosophical, Religious, and Institutional Context, Prehistory to A.D. 1450, 2nd. ed., Hunan Science and Technology Press, 2013.

21. Laurence M. Principe, Scientific Revolution: A Very Short Introduction, Yilin Press, 2013.

22. Karsten Harries, Infinity and Perspective, Hunan Science and Technology Press, 2014.

 

Papers

1. Robert M. Wallace, English Translator’s Introduction to Hans Blumenberg’s The Genesis of the Copernican World, in Liu Xiaofeng ed. The Scheme of Hermes, HuaXia Press, 2005.

2. Robert M. Wallace, English Translator’s Introduction to Hans Blumenberg’s The Legitimacy of the Modern Age, in Liu Xiaofeng ed. Machiavelli’s Comedy, HuaXia Press, 2006.

3. Robert M. Wallace, English Translator’s Introduction to Hans Blumenberg’s Work on Myth, in Liu Xiaofeng ed. Xenophon’s Taste, HuaXia Press, 2006.

4. Steven Sargent, “Anneliese Maier and the Studies of Late Medieval Natural Philosophy.” English Editor and Translator’s Introduction of On the Threshold of Exact Science, in Science & Culture Review, 2007, 4 (3):39-50.

5. “Astronomy and Cosmology”, “Mechanics”, “Quantity”, in The Great Ideas, HuaXia Press, 2008, 69-81; 903-924; 1255-1263.

6. James Peterman, “Are the Sentences of Lunyu Meaningful?: Kongzi, Wittgenstein and the Problem of Meaning,” in Social Science Front, 2008 (10):59-63.

7. Carl Mitcham, “Philosophy of Technology,” in Wu Guosheng ed., Readings in the Philosophy of Technology, Shanghai Jiao Tong University Press, 2008.

8. Hanna Arendt, “The Essence of Making,” in Wu Guosheng ed., Readings in the Philosophy of Technology, Shanghai Jiao Tong University Press, 2008.

9. Marshall D. Willman, “Mood, Force, and the Role of Grammar in Comparative Philosophy,” in Journal of Social Science, 2008 (11):130-135.

10. John E. Murdoch, “Philosophy and the Enterprise of Science in the Later Middle Ages”, in Science & Culture Review, 2010, 7 (2):5-20.

11. Edwin Arthur Burtt, “Historical Problem Suggested by the Nature of Modern Thought”, in Science & Culture Review, 2011, 8 (6):68-75.

12. H. Floris Cohen, “Burtt and the Mathematization of Nature”, in Science & Culture Review, 2012, 9 (1):111-119.

13. Jacob Klein, “Phenomenology and History of Science”, in Science & Culture Review, 2013, 10(4): 69-83.

 

Contact

 

Institute for the History of Natural Science, Chinese Academy of Sciences,

55 ZHONGGUANCUN East Road

Beijing, 100190

Email: butian@gmail.com