Michel Janssen

Visiting Scholar
Visiting Scholars are established scholars, as evidenced by significant publications and broad academic experience, spending a fixed term as guests at the MPIWG for research purposes. They may be externally funded or receive a Research Fellowship from the MPIWG.
Department I
PhD, Professor, University of Minnesota
Residence:
11. Januar 2016 to 10. Juni 2016
Profile

I am a historian of modern physics, and a regular Visiting Scholar to Department I at the MPIWG. I am on the faculty of the program in the History of Science, Technology, and Medicine and the School of Physics and Astronomy (see my faculty profile) and a Fellow at the Minnesota Center for Philosophy of Science (MCPS) at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis. I wrote the chapter on general relativity for The Cambridge Companion to Einstein (Cambridge University Press, 2014), which I co-edited with Christoph Lehner at the MPIWG, and have been collaborating with Tony Duncan, a theoretical physicist at the University of Pittsburgh, on a book with the working title How We Got to Quantum Mechanics.

Selected publications: 

Janssen, M., & Renn, J. (2015). Arch and scaffold: how Einstein found his field equations. Physics Today, 68(11), 30-36. doi:10.1063/PT.3.2979.

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Janssen, M., & Renn, J. (2015). Ce que l’on doit aux mathématiques. La Recherche (Les dossiers de la Recherche), 16, 18-21.

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Janssen, M., & Renn, J. (2015). Einstein was no lone genius. Nature, 527(7578), 298-301.

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Janssen, M., & Renn, J. (2015). Einsteins Weg zur allgemeinen Relativitätstheorie. Spektrum der Wissenschaft, (10), 49-55.

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Janssen, M., & Renn, J. (2015). Einsteins Weg zur allgemeinen Relativitätstheorie. Spektrum der Wissenschaft spezial: Einsteins neue Weltordnung; 100 Jahre allgemeine Relativitätstheorie, (4), 12-19.

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Contact

Max Planck Institute for the History of Science 
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14195 Berlin 
Germany