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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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