About the Institute

Founded in 1994, the MPIWG in Berlin is one of the more than eighty research institutes administered by the Max Planck Society. It is dedicated to the study of the history of science and aims to understand scientific thinking and practice as historical phenomena. Researchers pursue an historical epistemology in their studies of how new categories of thought, proof, and experience have emerged. More

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Research at the MPIWG is carried out in individual and collaborative projects. To browse through the projects, use the keyword index of the institute. More

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Call for Papers for “12. Studientag Literatur und Wissenschaftsgeschichte,” July 2017. Deadline April 2, 2017.

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Lorraine Daston interviewed in Philosophie Magazin on trust in the post-fact era.

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New Articles and Preprints

Brentjes, S. (2017). Teaching the sciences in ninth-century Baghdad as a question in the history of the book: the case of Abū Yūsuf Yaʿqūb b. Isḥāq al-Kindī (d. after 256/870). Intellectual History of the Islamicate World, 5(1-2), 1-27. View

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Tkaczyk, V. (2017). "Which cannot be sufficiently described by my pen": the codification of knowledge in theater engineering, 1480-1680. In M. Valleriani (Ed.), The structures of practical knowledge (pp. 77-114). Cham: Springer.

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