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The sciences of the soul: the early modern origins of psychology

Fernando Vidal

The Sciences of the Soul is the first attempt to explain the development of the disciplinary conception of psychology from its appearance in the late sixteenth century to its redefinition at the end of the seventeenth and its emergence as an institutionalized field in the eighteenth.

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Science and faith within reason: reality, creation, life and design

Jaume Navarro

In this book leading authors in the field of science and religion, highlight the oft-neglected and profound philosophical foundations that underlie some of the most frequent questions at the boundary between science and religion: the reality of knowledge, and the notions of creation, life and design.

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U4 du11-ga-ni sá mu-ni-ib-du11: ancient Near Eastern studies in memory of Blahoslav Hruška

Luděk Vacín

This collection of papers by Bibek Hruška's friends, students and colleagues was intended as a 'Festschrift' to celebrate his 65th birthday in 2010. Sadly, his life came to an abrupt end almost full two years before. The contributions to this volume reflect Bibek's vast range of scholarly interests very well.

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One hundred years at the intersection of chemistry and physics: the Fritz Haber Institute of the Max Planck Society 1911 - 2011

, Thomas Steinhauser, Dieter Hoffmann, Bretislav Friedrich

The volume, occasioned by the centenary of the Fritz Haber Institute, formerly the Institute for Physical Chemistry and Electrochemistry, covers the institute's scientific and institutional history from its founding until the present.

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Die missionarische Gesellschaft: Mikrostrukturen einer kolonialen Globalisierung

Aus kulturhistorischer Perspektive wird die Gesellschaftsgestaltung durch katholische und protestantische Missionare aus verschiedenen europäischen Kolonialstaaten zwischen 1700 und 1900 nachgezeichnet.

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Silent messengers: the circulation of material objects of knowledge in the Early Modern Low Countries

Sven Dupre, Christoph Lüthy

This book speaks about a world of mute objects ranging from plant bulbs, divining rods, and archeological findings to drawn, painted or printed images.

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Bernardino Baldi's In mechanica Aristotelis problemata exercitationes

Elio Nenci

The "Exercitationes" display a systematic application of Archimedean principles to the explanation of the questions discussed in "Mechanical Problems" illustrating the patchwork character of preclassical mechanics.

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Between Raphael and Galileo: Mutio Oddi and the mathematical culture of late Renaissance Italy

Alexander Marr

In "Between Raphael and Galileo", Alexander Marr resurrects the career and achievements of Oddi in order to examine the ways in which mathematics, material culture, and the book shaped knowledge, society, and the visual arts in late Renaissance Italy.

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Honoré Fabri and the concept of impetus: a bridge between conceptual frameworks

Miki Elazar

This book discusses the impetus-based physics of the Jesuit natural philosopher and mathematician Honoré Fabri, a senior representative of Jesuit scientists during the period between Galileo's death (1642) and Newton's Principia (1687).

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Herausforderung Energie: ausgewählte Vorträge der 126. Versammlung der Gesellschaft Deutscher Naturforscher und Ärzte e. V.

Jürgen Renn, Robert Schlögl, Hans-Peter Zenner

Die Atomdiskussion des Jahres 2011 berührt vielschichtige Aspekte der Energieversorgung. Das Buch bietet dazu aus der Sicht unterschiedlicher Fachdisziplinen aktuell Informationen und Hintergründe in allgemein verständlicher Form.

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What (good) is historical epistemology?

Thomas Sturm, Uljana Feest

The central purpose of epistemology, as traditionally understood, is to identify and justify the epistemic basis of knowledge, including scientific knowledge. While epistemology in this sense is one of the strongest branches of contemporary philosophy, its universalizing approach has been criticized in various ways.

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Saccheri, Gerolamo: Euclide vendicato da ogni neo

Primo volume della collana Mathematica dedicato alla figura del matematico Gerolamo Saccheri (1667-1733), di cui Vincenzo De Risi presenta qui una delle opere fondamentali in una traduzione corredata di apparato critico.

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Hormones of life : endocrinology, the pharmaceutical industry, and the dream of a remedy for sterility, 1930-1970

Christer Nordlund

In the summer of 1948, the Danish pharmaceutical company Leo called a press conference. The next day, news spread that in collaboration with scientists at the Royal Caroline Hospital in Stockholm, the company had discovered a cure for sterility to be called Gonadex.

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The crafting of the 10.000 things : knowledge and technology in 17th century China

Offering an overview of a thousand years of scholarship, "The Crafting of the 10,000 Things" explains the role of technology and crafts in a culture that had an outstandingly successful tradition in this field and was a crucial influence on the technical development of Europe on the eve of the Industrial Revolution.

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Die Erzeugung des 'ganzen Menschen' : zur Entstehung von Anthropologie und Ästhetik an der Universität Halle im 18. Jahrhundert

Stefan Borchers

Die Ästhetik wird als eigenständige philosophische Disziplin im zweiten Drittel des 18. Jahrhunderts begründet. Zur gleichen Zeit treibt die Frage nach dem ganzen Menschen die Gemüter um: Eine neue Wissenschaft vom Menschen, die Anthropologie, kündigt sich an.

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Histories of Scientific Observation

Lorraine Daston, Elizabeth Lunbeck

Observation is the most pervasive and fundamental practice of all the modern sciences, both natural and human. Its instruments include not only the naked senses but also tools such as the telescope and microscope, the questionnaire, the photographic plate, the notebook, the glassed-in beehive, and myriad other ingenious inventions designed to make the invisible visible, the evanescent permanent, the abstract concrete.

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Apollonius Pictus: an illustrated late antique romance around 1000 ; facsimile edition of the Historia Apollonii Regis Tyri

Anna Boreczky, András Németh

This volume adjacently provides the reader with a facsimile and a multifold account of a thousand-year-old manuscript (Budapest, National Széchényi Library, Cod. Lat. 4), the oldest known illustrated copy of the late antique Latin adventure romance "History of Apollonius, King of Tyre".

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Eine Naturgeschichte für das 21. Jahrhundert : hommage à, zu Ehren von, in honor of Hans-Jörg Rheinberger

Safia Azzouni, Christina Brandt, Bernd Gausemeier, Julia Kursell, Henning Schmidgen, Barbara Wittmann

Die in diesem Band versammelten Beiträge machen deutlich, dass sich zu Anfang des 21. Jahrhunderts keine Übereinkunft für die 'Natur' der Naturalien erzielen lässt. Die modernen Lebenswissenschaften haben die Grenze zwischen Natürlichem und Künstlichem ebenso nachhaltig in Frage gestellt wie die Ontologie der Objekte selbst.

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Himmels-Falten : zur Theatralität des Fliegens in der Frühen Neuzeit

Himmels-Falten eröffnet eine neue Perspektive auf die Geschichte der Luftfahrt, indem es das Theater der Frühen Neuzeit als einen Schauplatz aviatischer Wissensproduktion herausstellt. Es werden acht exemplarische Interferenzbereiche zwischen Flugkunst und -wissen in den Blick genommen.

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Neurocultures : glimpses into an expanding universe

Francisco Ortega, Fernando Vidal

Neurocultures offers «glimpses» into an expanding universe of knowledge, beliefs and practices characterized by the conviction that human activity is governed by the structure and functioning of the brain. The 1990s were the Decade of the Brain, and the first hundred years of the new millennium have been proclaimed its Century.

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'Fremde' Wissenschaftler im Dritten Reich : die Debye-Affäre im Kontext

Dieter Hoffmann, Mark Walker

Ausgehend von der sogenannte »Debye-Affäre« im Frühjahr 2006 analysieren die Autoren nicht nur die wissenschaftlichen und politischen Kontexte im Leben und Werk von Peter Debye, sondern kontrastieren seine Biographie vor allem mit Lebensläufen anderer Wissenschaftler, die im Dritten Reich wirkten.

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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.
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