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


Dagmar Schäfer’s book The Crafting of the 10,000 Things: Knowledge and Technology in Seventeenth-Century China awarded prize at the East China Outstanding Philosophical and Social Science Book Conference, Nanjing.

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Exhibition “Images don't lie (?),” in cooperation with the Cohn Institute for the History and Philosophy of Science and Ideas, opens in Tel Aviv.

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New Articles and Preprints

Sepkoski, D. (2016). Extinction and biodiversity: a historical perspective. In J. Garston, A. Plutynski, & S. Sarkar (Eds.), The Routledge Handbook of Philosophy of Biodiversity (pp. 26-40). London: Routledge.

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Brentjes, S. (2016). Wilbur R. Knorr on Thābit ibn Qurra: a case-study in the historiography of premodern science. Interpretatio: Sources and Studies in the History of Sciences, A1, 1-63. View

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