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

Projects and Sources

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

The MPIWG is an advocate of open access to scholarly knowledge and is committed to making sources in the history of science available online. More


Han Vermeulen, former research scholar of Department I, has received the ICAS book prize for his book Before Boas. Go to website

“How to live with bears”—Wilko Graf von Hardenberg, research scholar Department III, published an article in The Conversation.

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New Articles and Preprints

Kräutli, F., & Valleriani, M. (2017). CorpusTracer: a CIDOC database for tracing knowledge networks. Digital Scholarship in the Humanities, fqx047, pp. 1-11. doi:10.1093/llc/fqx047.

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Schlünder, M. (2017). Pastorale: sheep traffic in modern trauma surgery. In K. Asdal, T. Druglitrø, & S. Hinchliffe (Eds.), Humans, animals and biopolitics: the more-than-human condition (pp. 85-100). London: Routledge.

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