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


Director Jürgen Renn published in Il Quotidiano del Sud on the foundation of the “Centro Internazionale di Studi Telesiani, Bruniani e Campanelliani” in Italy.

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Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung publishes article on presentation of Islamic history at Berlin Science Week, citing Research Scholar Sonja Brentjes.

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New Articles and Preprints

Oertzen, C. v. (2017). Die Historizität der Verdatung: Konzepte, Werkzeuge und Praktiken im 19. Jahrhundert. NTM, 1-28. doi:10.1007/s00048-017-0183-6. Download

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Buning, M. (2017). Promoting technical knowledge: printing privileges and technical literature in the Early Dutch Republic. In L. Hilaire-Pérez, K. Vermeir, V. Nègre, & D. Spicq (Eds.), Le livre et les techniques avant le XXe siècle: à l’échelle du monde (pp. 453-462). Paris: CNRS éditions.

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