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

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Call for papers for the workshop  “From Knowledge to Profit? Scientific Institutions and the Commercialization of Science,” organized by the research program “History of the Max Planck Society.”

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New Call for Papers for the 11th Graduate Workshop Literature and History of Science at the MPIWG on July 15, 2016.

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New Articles and Preprints

Omodeo, P. D. (2015). Institutionalised metaphysics of astronomy at early modern Melanchthonian universities. In E. Cancik-Kirschbaum, & A. Traninger (Eds.), Wissen in Bewegung: Institution – Iteration – Transfer (pp. 65-91). Wiesbaden: Harrassowitz.More
Dupré, S. (2015). Über die Schwierigkeit der Beschreibung alchemischer Techniken: Johannes Kunckels Übersetzung der 'Arte vetraria' von Antonio Neri. In P.-A. Alt, J. Eming, & T. Renz (Eds.), Magia daemoniaca, magia naturalis, zouber: Schreibweisen von Magie und Alchemie in Mittelalter und Früher Neuzeit (pp. 377-392). Wiesbaden: Harrassowitz.More