Books of

Edited Book

From earth-bound to satellite: telescopes, skills and networks

Sven Dupre, Alison D. Morrison-Low, Stephen Johnston, Giorgio Strano

Marking the anniversary of the telescope 's invention, these collected essays highlight a number of significant historical episodes concerning this well-loved instrument, which has played a crucial role in Man 's thinking about his position literally and philosophically in the universe.

More
Book

Strategie Verständigung: zur transnationalen Vernetzung von Akademikerinnen 1917-1955

In den düstersten Tagen des Ersten Weltkriegs formierte sich ein neues akademisches Netzwerk mit einem hochgesteckten Ziel: Eine länderübergreifende weibliche Bildungselite sollte für die Verständigung der Völker eintreten und gleichzeitig ihr eigenes wissenschaftliches Fortkommen international befördern.

More
Book

Das physikalische Prinzip: der epistemologische Status physikalischer Weltbetrachtung

Horst-Heino von Borzeszkowski, Renate Wahsner

Das Buch versteht sich als Beitrag zur Naturphilosophie, indem es den erkenntnistheoretischen Status der Physik untersucht. Die hier skizzierte epistemologische Verfaßtheit der Physik erfordert es, die Welt unter der Form des Objekts zu fassen, wodurch sich die Physik grundlegend von der Philosophie unterscheidet und der Übergang von einem zum anderen unvermittelt nicht möglich ist.

More
Book

A history of the electron: J. J. and G. P. Thomson

Jaume Navarro

Two landmarks in the history of physics are the discovery of the particulate nature of cathode rays (the electron) by J. J. Thomson in 1897 and the experimental demonstration by his son G. P. Thomson in 1927 that the electron exhibits the properties of a wave. Together, the Thomsons are two of the most significant figures in modern physics, both winning Nobel prizes for their work.

More
Book

Europe's green revolution and others since: the rise and fall of peasant-friendly plant breeding

Jonathan Harwood

How best to foster agricultural development in the Third World has long been a subject of debate and from a European perspective the persistent failure to design peasant-friendly technology is puzzling. From the late 19th century, for example, various western European countries also underwent ‘green revolutions’ in which systematic attempts were made to promote the adoption of technological innovation by peasant-farmers.

More
Book

A cultural history of heredity

Staffan Müller-Wille, Hans-Joerg Rheinberger

It was only around 1800 that heredity began to enter debates among physicians, breeders, and naturalists. Soon thereafter it evolved into one of the most fundamental concepts of biology. Here the authors offer a succinct cultural history of the scientific concept of heredity. They outline the dramatic changes the idea has undergone since the early modern period and describe the political and technological developments that brought about these changes.

More
Edited Book

Differing routes to stem cell research: Germany and Italy

Renato G. Mazzolini, Hans-Joerg Rheinberger

Stem cells have been in the center of a heated biomedical and biopolitical debate in the first decade of the new millennium. Ethical concerns prevailed. The present volume follows the controversial discussions on stem cells in Italy and Germany, respectively, over the past 15 years. It aims at an assessment of the situation, and its method is comparative.

More
Working Group Book

The globalization of knowledge in history

This volume presents results of an interdisciplinary research project on the globalization of knowledge. The project is part of the research program of a historical epistemology whose aim is to contribute also to the reflexivity of present science and its institutions. It pursues a comparative history of knowledge in which present processes of globalization are conceived as the outcome of historical developments and their interactions.

More
Edited Book

Verkörperungen

André L. Blum, John M. Krois, Hans-Joerg Rheinberger

Neben dem Begriff des ,embodiment' existieren zahlreiche andere Bedeutungen von ,Verkörperung'. Die Beiträge dieses Bandes diskutieren den Begriff der Verkörperung daher interdisziplinär. Sie reichen von der Neurophysiologie über die Epistemologie bis zur Kunstgeschichte und zu den Literatur- und Theaterwissenschaften.

More
Special journal issue

Artisanal-scientific experts in eighteenth-century France and Germany

The 18th century was an age of expanding and diversifying state bureaucracies. In France and the German states new administrative departments were founded in order to promote trade and manufacture, as were public institutions to provide technical and scientific education. The essays are based on a workshop held at the Institute in October 2010.

More
Edited Book

Albert Einstein : Helden ohne Degen

Jürgen Renn, Ernst Peter Fischer, Horst Ziegelmann

Der Physiker und Nobelpreisträger Albert Einstein (1879–1955) revolutionierte das physikalische Weltbild. Sein Leben und Wirken als engagierter Wissenschaftler stellt dieser reich bebilderte Band in Einzelbeiträgen, so von Jürgen Renn "Einsteins Relativitätsrevolutionen" und mit einem Dokumentenanhang versehen umfassend dar.

More
Book

Taming complexity: Duhem's third pathway to thermodynamics

Stefano Bordoni

The present study deals with Duhem's theoretical and meta-theoretical design of a generalised Mechanics based on the principles of Thermodynamics, in the decade between 1886 and 1896, before the transformations experienced by the physical sciences around the turn of the century.

More
Book

Sulle spalle di giganti e nani

Albert Einstein è da tempo diventato l’icona dello scienziato geniale, colui che vede più lontano degli altri, l’eletto in grado di porre le basi di una rivoluzione scientifica fertile e duratura. La svolta della relatività, iniziata nell’annus mirabilis 1905 e proseguita con la formulazione della teoria della relatività generale nel 1915, offre però moltissimo materiale per indagare più a fondo e in maniera meno ovvia le ragioni e le modalità di un cambiamento tanto epocale nel nostro modo di intendere il mondo.

More
Edited Book

Genetics and the unsettled past : the collision of DNA, race, and history

Keith Wailoo, Alondra Nelson, Catherine Lee

Our genetic markers have come to be regarded as portals to the past. Analysis of these markers is increasingly used to tell the story of human migration; to investigate and judge issues of social membership and kinship; to rewrite history and collective memory; to right past wrongs and to arbitrate legal claims and human rights controversies; and to open new thinking about health and well-being

More
Book

William Petty on the order of nature : an unpublished manuscript treatise

Rhodri Lewis

Stung by the allegation that his version of the new philosophy tended towards atheism and materialism, Sir William Petty – medic, mathematician, pioneering political economist, intellectual entrepreneur, and Fellow of the Royal Society – set out to compose a treatise vindicating his philosophical piety

More
Book

Theaterhistoriografie : eine Einführung

Viktoria Tkaczyk, Jan Lazardzig, Matthias Warstat

Als wichtiges Teilgebiet der Theaterwissenschaft hat sich die Theaterhistoriografie in den letzten Jahrzehnten zu einer Geschichtsschreibung des Theatralen und Performativen erweitert. Diese Einführung vermittelt Bachelorstudierenden ein offenes und weit gefasstes Verständnis von Theaterhistoriografie.

More
Edited Book

Los secretos de Barba Azul: fantasías y realidades de los archivos del Museo de La Plata

Tatiana Kelly, Irina Podgorny

El libro recopila los resultados del proyecto di digitalización, microfilmación y catalogación realizado con parte de los fondos del Archivo Histórico y Fotográfico del Museo de La Plata gracias a un subsidio "Archivos en peligro" de la British Library.

More
Book

Charlatanes: crónicas de remedios incurables

Irina Podgorny

¡Señores, pasen y vean en este libro al gran Doctor Meraulyock extrayendo una muela mientras, para distraer al paciente o tapar sus gritos, dispara con su pistola, el broche de la capa de Yocasta con que se sacó Edipo los ojos, una fotografía del alma humana tomada al microscopio!

More
Book

Objectivité

Lorraine Daston, Peter Galison

L'objectivité a une histoire, et celle-ci se révèle pleine de surprises. Lorraine Daston et Peter Galison retracent dans cette somme l'émergence de l'objectivité dans les sciences au milieu du XIXe siècle et montrent comment ce concept se distingue de deux vertus concurrentes la vérité d'après nature et le jugement exercé.

More
Book

Neuromythologie: eine Streitschrift gegen die Deutungsmacht der Hirnforschung

Felix Hasler

Alle machen Hirnforschung. Kaum eine Wissenschaftsdisziplin kann sich wehren, mit dem Vorsatz »Neuro-« zwangsmodernisiert und mit der Aura vermeintlicher experimenteller Beweisbarkeit veredelt zu werden. Die Kinder der Neuroinflation heißen Neurotheologie, Neuroökonomie, Neurorecht oder Neuroästhetik.

More
Book

Medicine, life and function: experimental strategies and medical modernity at the intersection of pathology and physiology

Frank W. Stahnisch

This book brings together a number of thoughts and observations on the history of experimental physiology, as it has emerged since the late eighteenth century. Previously unused archival material and then unexplored themes are brought together and further investigated for the first time.

More
Edited Book

Kernforschung in Österreich: Wandlungen eines interdisziplinären Forschungsfeldes 1900-1978

Silke Fengler, Carola Sachse

Der Band bietet ein breites Spektrum wissenschaftshistorischer Analysen zur österreichischen Radioaktivitäts- und Kernforschung. Österreich bildete im internationalen Netzwerk der Radioaktivitäts- und späteren Kernforschung einen bedeutenden Knotenpunkt.

More
Book

Chinese architecture and metaphor: Song culture in the Yingzao fashi building manual

Jiren Feng

Investigating the historical tradition of Chinese architectural writing from antiquity to the twelfth century, Chinese Architecture and Metaphor reveals significant and fascinating social and cultural phenomena in the most important primary text for the study of the Chinese building tradition.

More
Book

What did the Romans know? An inquiry into science and worldmaking

Daryn Lehoux

What did the Romans know about their world? Quite a lot, as Daryn Lehoux makes clear in this fascinating and much-needed contribution to the history and philosophy of ancient science. Lehoux draws upon a wide range of sources from what is unquestionably the most prolific period of ancient science, from the first century BC to the second century AD.

More
Book

The equilibrium controversy: Guidobaldo del Monte's critical notes on the mechanics of Jordanus and Benedetti and their historical and conceptual background

Jürgen Renn, Peter Damerow

This study, the second volume of the series "Sources" of the "Max Planck Research Library for the History and Development of Knowledge," reviews a historical discussion about the question of whether a balance in equilibrium, after having been deflected, returns to its original position.

More
Edited Book

Kuhn’s 'The structure of scientific revolutions' revisited

Vasso Kindi, Theodore Arabatzis

The year 2012 marks the 50th anniversary of the publication of Thomas S. Kuhn’s The Structure of Scientific Revolutions. Up until recently, the book’s philosophical reception has been shaped, for the most part, by the debates and the climate in philosophy of science in the 1960s and 1970s; this new collection of essays takes a renewed look at this work.

More
Working Group Book

Einstein and the changing worldviews of physics

Christoph Lehner, Jürgen Renn, Matthias Schemmel

This volume reviews conceptual conflicts at the foundations of physics now and in the past century. The focus is on the conditions and consequences of Einstein's pathbreaking achievements that sealed the decline of the classical notions of space, time, radiation, and matter, and resulted in the theory of relativity.

More
Edited Book

Critical neuroscience: a handbook of the social and cultural contexts of neuroscience

Suparna Choudhury, Jan Slaby

'Critical Neuroscience' brings together multi-disciplinary scholars from around the world to explore key social, historical and philosophical studies of neuroscience, and to analyze the socio-cultural implications of recent advances in the field.

More
Edited Book

Geschichte der Universität Unter den Linden, Bd. 3: Sozialistisches Experiment und Erneuerung in der Demokratie - die Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin 1945-2010

Konrad H. Jarausch, Matthias Middell, Annette Vogt

Der dritte Band der Geschichte der Universität zu Berlin beschäftigt sich mit dem kontroversen Experiment einer sozialistischen Hochschule von 1945 bis 1990 und für die Zeit seit 1990 mit der erfolgreichen Neugestaltung bis heute.

More
Edited Book

Le corps et ses images dans l' Europe du dix-huitième siècle = The body and its images in eighteenth-century Europe

Sabine Arnaud, Helge Jordheim

Sculptures, peintures, mimes, ouvrages médicaux, philosophiques et littéraires, sont conviés afin de considérer la perception du corps au XVIIIe siècle. Le corps, on l'a souvent remarqué, est au centre du discours au XVIIIe siècle. Mais lorsqu'on en fait le sujet même d'une étude, on s'aperçoit qu'il intervient souvent pour parler d'autre chose.

More
Edited Book

The German Physical Society and the Third Reich: physicists between autonomy and accommodation

Dieter Hoffmann, Mark Walker

This is a history of one of the oldest and most important scientific societies, the German Physical Society, during the Nazi regime and immediate postwar period.

More
Edited Book

Cultures of knowledge: technology in Chinese history

Looking at knowledge transmission as a cultural feature, this book isolates and examines the individual factors that affect knowledge in the making and created uniquely Chinese cultures of knowledge. The volume is organized into four sections: Internode, Imperial Court, Agora, and Scholarly Arts.

More

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

Contact

Esther Chen, Head of MPIWG Library
echen@mpiwg-berlin.mpg.de

General inquiries
library@mpiwg-berlin.mpg.de