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


“The Invention of Science,” Lorraine Daston has reviewed the book by David Wooton; The Guardian.

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MPIWG co-organizes with the Albert-Einstein-Institute two conferences on the centenary of the theory of General Relativity (Nov. 30-Dec.5).

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New Articles and Preprints

Janssen, M., & Renn, J. (2015). Einstein was no lone genius. Nature, 527(7578), 298-301.More
Birdsall, C., Parry, M., & Tkaczyk, V. (2015). Listening to the mind: tracing the auditory history of mental illness in archives and exhibitions. The Public Historian, 37(4), 47-72. doi:10.1525/tph.2015.37.4.47.More