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


“What Yemen can learn from the historical experience of cholera”—Edna Bonhomme, Postdoctoral Fellow in Department III, publishes article in The Conversation.

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Director Dagmar Schäfer and Visiting Scholar Francesca Bray’s Rice: Global Networks and New Histories published as paperback and eBook.

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New Articles and Preprints

Daston, L. (2017). The history of science and the history of knowledge. KNOW: a journal on the formation of knowledge, 1(1), 131-154. doi:10.1086/691678.

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Valleriani, M., Pearl, R.-S., & Ben Arzi, L. (2017). Images Don't Lie(?). Berlin: Max-Planck-Institut für Wissenschaftsgeschichte. View

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