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


“Antropoceno: E se formos os últimos seres vivos a alterar a Terra?”—Director Jürgen Renn and “Anthropocene Curriculum” cooperation with Haus der Kulturen der Welt featured in article on Anthropocene; Publico.

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Director Lorraine Daston interviewed in Deutschlandfunk on the effect of climate change on nature.

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New Articles and Preprints

Sepkoski, D. (2017). The database before the computer? Osiris, 32, 175-201. doi:10.1086/693991.

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Omodeo, P. D. (2017). Lodewijk de Bils' and Tobias Andreae's Cartesian bodies: embalmment experiments, medical controversies and mechanical philosophy. Early Science and Medicine, 22(4), 301-332. doi:10.1163/15733823-00224P02. View

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