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Dieter Hoffmann is interviewed by Inforadio on a support program for Greek scholars (in German). Go to interview

Jürgen Renn is interviewed by „Der Standard“ (Vienna) on the origins of the General Theory of Relativity (in German). Go to Article

New Articles and Preprints

Laubichler, M., & Renn, J. (2015). Extended evolution: a conceptual framework for integrating regulatory networks and niche construction. Journal of Experimental Zoology. Part B: Molecular and Developmental Evolution, 1-13. doi:10.1002/jez.b.22631.More
Tamborini, M. (2015). Paleontology and Darwin’s theory of evolution: the subversive role of statistics at the end of the 19th century. Journal of the History of Biology, 1-38. doi:10.1007/s10739-015-9402-y.More