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


Research Group Leader Matteo Valleriani elected as PR officer for European Society for the History of Science (ESHS). Read more

Research Group Leader Elaine Leong elected as member of scientific board for European Society for the History of Science (ESHS). Read more

New Articles and Preprints

Blum, A., Lalli, R., & Renn, J. (2016). The renaissance of general relativity: how and why it happened. Annalen der Physik, 528(5), 344-349. doi:10.1002/andp.201600105.More
Omodeo, P. D. (2016). Central European polemics over Descartes: Johannes Placentinus and his academic opponents at Frankfurt on Oder (1653-1656). In M. Feingold (Ed.), History of universities. Vol. XXIX/1 (pp. 29-64). Oxford: Oxford University Press.More