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Working Group Book

Science in the archives : pasts, presents, futures

Archives bring to mind rooms filled with old papers and dusty artifacts. But for scientists, the detritus of the past can be a treasure trove of material vital to present and future research: fossils collected by geologists; data banks assembled by geneticists; weather diaries trawled by climate scientists; libraries visited by historians.
Edited Book

The structures of practical knowledge

'The Structures of Practical Knowledge' investigates the nature of practical knowledge – why, how, when and by whom it is codified, and once codified, how this knowledge is structured. The inquiry unfolds in a series of fifteen case studies, which range in focus from early modern Italy to eighteenth century China.

New Articles and Preprints

Brentjes, S. (2017). Teaching the sciences in ninth-century Baghdad as a question in the history of the book: the case of Abū Yūsuf Yaʿqūb b. Isḥāq al-Kindī (d. after 256/870). Intellectual History of the Islamicate World, 5(1-2), 1-27. View

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Tkaczyk, V. (2017). "Which cannot be sufficiently described by my pen": the codification of knowledge in theater engineering, 1480-1680. In M. Valleriani (Ed.), The structures of practical knowledge (pp. 77-114). Cham: Springer.

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Høyrup, J. (2017). Otto Neugebauer and the Exploration of Ancient Near Eastern Mathematics. Berlin: Max-Planck-Institut für Wissenschaftsgeschichte. View View

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Thoms, U. (2017). Setting nutritional standards: the soldier's food in Germany, 1850-1960. In E. Neswald, D. F. Smith, & U. Thoms (Eds.), Setting nutritional standards: theory, policies, practices. Rochester: University of Rochester Press.

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Høyrup, J. (2017). Archimedes: Knowledge and Lore from Latin Antiquity to the Outgoing European Renaissance. Berlin: Max-Planck-Institut für Wissenschaftsgeschichte. View View

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Working Group Books

Working Group Books are an MPIWG specialty: volumes written by two or more authors which are the result of intensive collaboration, involving multiple working sessions in which drafts of the individual chapters are presented, discussed, and revised. Many MPIWG research projects publish their principal results in this form, in addition to books and articles by individual participating scholars. These Working Group Books are especially well suited to opening up new fields of research and to covering topics from a comparative perspective, both challenges that invite collective rather than individual scholarship. More