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Observing by hand: sketching the nebulae in the nineteenth century

Omar W. Nasim

'Observing by Hand' sheds entirely new light on the ways in which the production and reception of handdrawn images of the nebulae in the nineteenth century contributed to astronomical observation. The author investigates hundreds of unpublished observing books and paper records from six nineteenth-century observers of the nebulae.

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How reason almost lost its mind: the strange career of Cold War rationality

Lorraine Daston, Paul Erickson, Judy L. Klein, Rebecca Lemov, Thomas Sturm, Michael D. Gordin

In the United States at the height of the Cold War, roughly between the end of World War II and the early 1980s, a new project of redefining rationality commanded the attention of sharp minds, powerful politicians, wealthy foundations, and top military brass.

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Research and pedagogy : a history of quantum physics through its textbooks

Massimiliano Badino, Jaume Navarro

Historians of quantum physics and early quantum mechanics have seldom paid attention to the ways the new theory was integrated in physics textbooks, perhaps taking for granted that novelties in science can only be taught once they are fully understood and generally accepted.

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Einstein's Berlin: in the footsteps of a genius

Lured by a top academic position sponsored by the Prussian Academy of Sciences, Albert Einstein moved from Zurich to Berlin in 1914 and lived there until 1932. The author conveys how Einstein's life and work were linked to the scientific and social life of the city and inspires the reader to explore the places where he made his mark.

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Itérations

Sous ce titre qui rend hommage à la pensée de Derrida, sont rassemblées des conférences tenues par le biologiste Hans-Jörg Rheinberger entre 1994 et 2007. Six textes aussi brefs que denses, nourris de vie de laboratoire et de philosophie franco-allemande – de Gaston Bachelard à Bruno Latour en passant par Martin Heidegger et Jacques Lacan –, qui donnent à voir un mouvement épistémologique sur le temps long.

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Human heredity in the twentieth century

Bernd Gausemeier, Staffan Müller-Wille, Edmund Ramsden

The essays in this collection examine how human heredity was understood between the end of the First World War and the early 1970s. The contributors explore the interaction of science, medicine and society in determining how heredity was viewed across the world during the politically turbulent years of the twentieth century.

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Wissenschaft vom Gehen: die Erforschung der Bewegung im 19. Jahrhundert

Erstaunliche Geschichten aus der Erforschung eines der scheinbar vertrautesten Tätigkeiten des Menschen, dem Gehen – von Physiologie und Medizin über die Kriminologie bis hin zur Literatur und bildender Kunst.

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William Henry Fox Talbot: beyond photography

Mirjam Brusius, Katrina Dean, Chitra Ramalingam

The manuscripts of William Henry Fox Talbot (1800–1877), now in the archive of the British Library, reveal the connections and contrasts between his photographic innovations and his investigations into optics, mathematics, botany, archaeology, and classical studies.

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Physik im Kalten Krieg: Beiträge zur Physikgeschichte während des Ost-West-Konflikts

Christian Forstner, Dieter Hoffmann

Während des Kalten Krieges spielten die physikalischen Wissenschaften eine zentrale Rolle in den beiden Machtblöcken. Die Beiträge nehmen das Extrem dieses Spannungsverhältnisses in den Blick, wie Ideologie und Politik die Entwicklung der Physik beeinflussten und deformierten.

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Traditions and transformations in the history of Quantum Physics: HQ-3 Third International Conference on the History of Quantum Physics, Berlin, June 28 - July 2, 2010

Jürgen Renn, Shaul Katzir, Christoph Lehner

More than a century after the beginning of the quantum revolution, historians continue to explore new facets in the history of quantum physics, and to re-examine some of its better-known aspects.

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Moritz Schlick - Die Rostocker Jahre und ihr Einfluss auf die Wiener Zeit

Olaf Engler, Mathias Iven

Die vorliegenden, vor allem auf der Grundlage des bisher nur unzureichend berücksichtigten Nachlasses entstandenen Studien geben Aufschlüsse über die für Schlick besonders prägenden Rostocker Jahre (1910 bis 1922). Zudem wird gezeigt, wie Schlick seine in diesem Zeitraum entwickelten Perspektiven in den Kontext des sich seit 1924 herausbildenden Wiener Kreises einbrachte.

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Bildfelder : Stilleben und Naturstücke des 17. Jahrhunderts

Karin Leonhard

Die niederländische Stillebenmalerei des 17. Jahrhunderts nahm aktiv an den naturphilosophischen und naturwissenschaftlichen Diskursen der Zeit teil, dennoch wird sie in der Forschung bis heute vereinfachend als „realistisch-abbildende“ Kunst bezeichnet.

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Guidobaldo del Monte (1545-1607): theory and practice of the mathematical disciplines from Urbino to Europe

Antonio Becchi, Domenico Bertoloni Meli, Enrico Gamba

Guidobaldo Marquis dal Monte has long been identified as a key figure in the history of the mathematical disciplines in the Renaissance. The contributions brought together in this volume examine all the key aspects of the Marquis dal Monte’s activities, ranging from mechanics and the science of perspective to architecture and geometry.

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Beyond the academy: histories of gender and knowledge

Christine von Oertzen, Maria Rentetzi, Elizabeth Watkins Siegel

These essays examine overlooked agents and sites of knowledge production beyond the academy and venues of industry- and government-sponsored research. By using gender as a category of analysis, they uncover scientific practices taking place in locations such as the kitchen, the nursery, and the storefront.

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Translating knowledge in the early modern Low Countries

Sven Dupre, Harold J. Cook

Knowledge of nature may be common to all of humanity, yet it is written in many tongues. However, as the contributors to this volume show, translation is always a transformation. The book "Translating knowledge in the early modern Low Countries" examines how such transformations generate new knowledge and how translations helped to establish a new science.

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Metallurgy, ballistics and epistemic instruments: the Nova scientia of Nicolò Tartaglia – a new edition

Matteo Valleriani

In 1537, Tartaglia, a mathematician from Brescia, published 'Nova scientia'. It was this work that led to the foundation of the modern science of ballistics. Tartaglia’s intention was to create a purely mathematical science based on axioms, which was fundamental to the entire subject of mechanics.

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The transatlantic world of higher education: Americans at German universities, 1776-1914

Anja Werner

Between the 1760s and 1914, thousands of young Americans crossed the Atlantic to enroll in German-speaking universities, but what was it like to be an American in, for instance, Halle, Heidelberg, Göttingen, or Leipzig?

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Philippe de la Hire: entre science et architecture

Antonio Becchi, Hélène Rousteau-Chambon, Joël Sakarovitch

Personnage fascinant et polymorphe, Philippe de La Hire a été cartographe du royaume à l'Académie royale des sciences, s'est intéressé à l'hydraulique, à la gnomonique, à la physiologie, à la botanique et à l'astronomie à l'Observatoire de Paris où il fut nommé.

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Welteis: eine wahre Geschichte

Christina Wessely

Spätestens als 1969 die ersten Menschen den Mond betraten, konnte es keinen Zweifel mehr geben: Der Trabant bestand nicht aus Eis, wie der österreichische Maschineningenieur Hanns Hörbiger behauptet hatte. Erstmals wird die schillernde Geschichte dieser kosmologischen Theorie erzählt.

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L’automate: modèle, métaphore, machine, merveille

Aurélia Gaillard, Jean-Yves Goffi, Bernhard Roukhomovsky, Sophie Roux

Si la figure de Vaucanson, à quelques exceptions près, n'est pas directement l'objet des analyses ici rassemblées, elle n’en inspire pas moins le propos général de l’ouvrage.

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Ad fontes ! Niederländische Kunst des 17. Jahrhunderts in Quellen

Claudia Fritzsche, Karin Leonhard, Gregor J. M. Weber

Traktate, Notizen und Quellen, in denen über den Status von Bildlichkeit und über Prozesse visueller Wahrnehmung gesprochen wird, stehen im Fokus dieser Publikation, in der bild- und kunsttheoretisch relevante Begriffe anhand von Fallbeispielen dargestellt und diskutiert werden.

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Archivführer zur Wissenschaftsgeschichte

Das Buch gibt eine detaillierte Übersicht über die in der Bundesrepublik Deutschland vorhandenen Archive zur Wissenschaftsgeschichte. Es ist als Ratgeber gedacht für Interessierte an der Geschichte der Natur- und Geisteswissenschaften sowie der Geschichte wissenschaftlicher Institutionen.

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Subjectivity in motion: life, art, and movement in the work of Hermann Rorschach

Naamah Akavia

The motif of human movement has long been understood as central to Hermann Rorschach's strikingly innovative inkblot experiment. But owing to Rorschach's untimely death a year after publishing his famous work, Psychodiagnostics, the world has lacked an adequate understanding of how he came to put so much stress on human movement in his unique perceptual theory

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Kant's construction of nature: a reading of the metaphysical foundations of natural science

Michael Friedman

Kant's Metaphysical Foundations of Natural Science is one of the most difficult but also most important of Kant's works. Friedman's book develops a new and complete reading of this work and reconstructs Kant's main argument clearly and in great detail, explaining its relationship to both Newton's Principia and eighteenth-century scientific thinkers such as Euler and Lambert.

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Michael Hißmann (1752–1784): ein materialistischer Philosoph der deutschen Aufklärung

Heiner F. Klemme, Gideon Stiening, Falk Wunderlich

Michael Hißmann gehört zu den großen Unbekannten der deutschsprachigen Spätaufklärung in den 1770er und 1780er Jahren. Diese Position gründet vor allem in der materialistischen Konzeption, die der Philosoph im Kontext der Göttinger empiristischen Schule entwarf.

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The mechanization of natural philosophy

Dan Garber, Sophie Roux

The "Mechanisation of Natural Philosophy" is devoted to various aspects of the transformation of natural philosophy during the 16th and 17th centuries that is usually described as mechanical philosophy. Drawing the border between the old Aristotelianism and the "new" mechanical philosophy faces historians with a delicate task, if not an impossible mission.

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Greening Berlin: the co-production of science, politics, and urban nature

Jens Lachmund

Although nature conservation has traditionally focused on the countryside, issues of biodiversity protection also appear on the political agendas of many cities. One of the emblematic examples of this now worldwide trend has been the German city of Berlin, where, since the 1970s, urban planning has been complemented by a systematic policy of "biotope protection".

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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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