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Wissensgeschichte der Architektur

Jürgen Renn, Wilhelm Osthues, Hermann Schlimme

Das den großen Bauleistungen der Vergangenheit zugrunde liegende Wissen und seine Entwicklung ist Gegenstand der hier vorgelegten Wissensgeschichte der Architektur. Die Forschungen haben sich insbesondere auf das Planungswissen, das Materialwissen, das bautechnische Wissen und das logistische Wissen konzentriert.

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Textures of the Anthropocene: Grain Vapor Ray

Christoph Rosol, Katrin Klingan, Ashkan Sepahvand, Bernd M. Scherer

The Anthropocene hypothesis regards humanity as a geological force, its activities effectively altering the earth system's metabolic structures: sediments, currents, and rays are redistributed towards unknown configurations

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Material, Technik, Ästhetik und Wissenschaft der Farbe 1750-1850: eine produktionsästhetische Studie zur 'Blüte' und zum 'Verfall' der Malerei in Deutschland am Beispiel Berlin

Annik Pietsch

Die Studie beschäftigt sich mit den tiefgreifenden Veränderungen von Materialien und Techniken der Malerei sowie den Verschiebungen ästhetischer und wissenschaftlicher Vorstellungen zur Farbe zwischen 1750 und 1850.

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L'économie morale des sciences modernes

Les sciences modernes ont prétendu s’affranchir des intérêts de tous ordres et faire sortir la subjectivité et la morale de l’arène scientifique pour donner à voir des vérités absolues.

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Melammu: the Ancient World in an Age of Globalization

Markham J. Geller

The present Melammu volume extends from Greece to India, with articles on Phrygia and Armenia, also viewing texts from ancient Israel, Egypt, and Mesopotamia.

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Rekurrenzen: Texte zu Althusser

Dieser Band führt in eine exemplarische Konstellation zurück, aus der die Historische Epistemologie hierzulande hervorgegangen ist: Hans-Jörg Rheinberger rekurriert auf den strukturalistischen Marxismus von Louis Althusser.

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Saccheri, Gerolamo: Euclid vindicated from every blemish

This first complete English language edition of Euclides vindicatus presents a corrected and revised edition of the classical English translation of Saccheri's text by G.B. Halsted. It is complemented with a historical introduction on the geometrical environment of the time and a detailed commentary that helps to understand the aims and subtleties of the work.

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Science, gender, and internationalism: women’s academic networks, 1917-1955

Born out of the optimism of the Paris Peace Conference, the formation of the League of Nations, and the fight for women's suffrage in Britain and the United States, the International Federation of University Women was founded in 1919 and consciously set out to reshape interwar society.

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The Cambridge companion to Einstein

Christoph Lehner, Michel Janssen

This volume is the first systematic presentation of the work of Albert Einstein, comprised of fourteen essays by leading historians and philosophers of science that introduce readers to his work.

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Objects of chemical inquiry

Ursula Klein, Carsten Reinhardt

Leading historians of chemistry present fascinating case studies illuminating a broad array of objects of inquiry in modern chemistry, from the eighteenth century until today. These include every day items such as glass as well as invisible networks of experimentation and theory.

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Features of common sense geography: implicit knowledge structures in ancient geographical texts

, Klaus Geus

The contributions in this volume combine fundamental questions of common sense geography with case studies of ancient geographical texts. The book seeks to bridge synchronic cognitive linguistic and cognitive psychological approaches to ancient texts with a diachronic perspective.

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Copernicus in the cultural debates of the Renaissance : reception, legacy, transformation

In Copernicus in the Cultural Debates of the Renaissance, Pietro Daniel Omodeo presents a general overview of the reception of Copernicus’s astronomical proposal from the years immediately preceding the publication of De revolutionibus (1543) to the Roman prohibition of heliocentric hypotheses in 1616.

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Introduction à la philosophie des sciences

Si le XIXe siècle a connu, dans la philosophie des sciences, l'ascension du positivisme, le XXe siècle a commencé par une crise de la pensée positiviste sans qu'une solution ou même une alternative se soient dessinées à l'horizon. Cette crise a donné lieu à une réflexion complexe sur les sciences, motivée par une approche sociohistorique.

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'Dem Anwenden muss das Erkennen vorausgehen' : auf dem Weg zu einer Geschichte der Kaiser-Wilhelm/Max-Planck-Gesellschaft

Dieter Hoffmann, Birgit Kolboske, Jürgen Renn

Anknüpfend an die Tradition der Kaiser-Wilhelm-Gesellschaft ist die Max-Planck-Gesellschaft heute eine einzigartige Institution der Grundlagenforschung, die weltweit Attraktivität und Vorbildwirkung besitzt. Auf welchen Erfahrungen und Prinzipien beruht diese Wirkung?

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Laboratories of art : alchemy and art technology from antiquity to the 18th century

Sven Dupre

This book explores the interconnections and differentiations between artisanal workshops and alchemical laboratories and between the arts and alchemy from Antiquity to the eighteenth century.

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Carl Friedrich von Weizsäcker : Physik, Philosophie, Friedensforschung

Dieter Hoffmann, Klaus Hentschel

Mit Carl Friedrich von Weizsäcker (1912–2007) widmet sich dieser Band einem der letzten universal gebildeten Gelehrten im deutschen Sprachraum aus Anlass seines 100. Geburtstages.

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The history of physics in Cuba

Jürgen Renn, Angelo Baracca, Helge Wendt

This book brings together a broad spectrum of authors, both from inside and from outside Cuba, who describe the development of Cuba's scientific system from the colonial period to the present.

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Art and alchemy: mystery of transformation

Sven Dupre, Dedo von Kerssenbrock-Krosigk, Beat Wismer

Alchemy, the royal art of transforming stones into silver and base metals into gold, has captured the popular imagination for centuries and is a particularly fruitful subject for artists.

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Engineers and the making of the Francoist regime

In this book, Lino Camprubí argues that science and technology were at the very center of the building of Franco’s Spain. Previous histories of early Francoist science and technology have described scientists and engineers as working “under” Francoism, subject to censorship and bound by politically mandated research agendas.

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Kunst und Alchemie: das Geheimnis der Verwandlung

Sven Dupre, Dedo von Kerssenbrock-Krosigk, Beat Wismer

Kunst und Alchemie verbindet ein ehrgeiziges Ziel: die Vervollkommnung der Natur. Von rätselhaften, allegorischen Darstellungen von Jan Brueghel d.Ä. und Albrecht Dürer bis hin zu Werken von Yves Klein und Anish Kapoor spürt der opulente Band dem facettenreichen Austausch von Alchemie und Kunst nach.

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L'invention de l'hystérie au temps des Lumières (1670-1820)

Sabine Arnaud

L’invention de l'hystérie nous porte au 18e siècle, lors de l’élaboration des maladies nerveuses frappant les gens du monde, hommes et femmes, et les lettrés en particulier. Qu’est ce qui se joue dans l’écriture de ce diagnostic ? À travers des textes de médecins, de patients, d’écrivains, Sabine Arnaud déchiffre toute une société.

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Women in industrial research

Annette Vogt, Renate Tobies

This book presents new research on women scientists who enjoyed careers at industrial corporations during the first seven decades of the twentieth century. It focuses on women who were active in Germany, Russia, and the United States, but the situation in Greece, France, and Great Britain is also addressed.

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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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