Books of

Working Group Book

Endangerment, biodiversity and culture

Fernando Vidal, Nélia Dias

The notion of Endangerment stands at the heart of a network of concepts, values and practices dealing with objects and beings considered threatened by extinction, and with the procedures aimed at preserving them. Usually animated by a sense of urgency and citizenship, identifying endangered entities involves evaluating an impending threat and opens the way for preservation strategies.

More
Book

Authentically African : arts and the transnational politics of Congolese culture

Sarah Van Beurden

Together, the Royal Museum for Central Africa in Tervuren, Belgium, and the Institut des Musées Nationaux du Zaire (IMNZ) in the Congo have defined and marketed Congolese art and culture. Sarah Van Beurden traces the relationship between the possession, definition, and display of art and the construction of cultural authenticity and political legitimacy from the late colonial until the postcolonial era.

More
Book

Vital minimum : need, science, and politics in modern France

Dana Simmons

What constitutes a need? Who gets to decide what people do or do not need? In modern France, scientists, both amateur and professional, were engaged in defining and measuring human needs.

More
Book

Die Farben des Tastens

Hans-Joerg Rheinberger, Alexandru Bulucz

»Gesenkt den Kopf / immer auf der Suche / nach römischen Münzen / so hab ichs gelernt«, lautet eine Strophe Hans-Jörg Rheinbergers.

More
Edited Book

Das Anthropozän : zum Stand der Dinge

Jürgen Renn, Bernd Scherer

Mit dem »Zeitalter des Menschen« ist erdgeschichtlich ein irreversibler Prozess in Gang gesetzt worden. Wenn das, was wir bisher als Natur verstanden haben, von Menschen gemacht ist, funktionieren Dualismen wie Natur/Kultur oder Subjekt/Objekt nicht mehr in ihrer althergebrachten Funktion.

More
Book

On hysteria : the invention of a medical category between 1670 and 1820

Sabine Arnaud

These days, hysteria is known as a discredited diagnosis that was used to group and pathologize a wide range of conditions and behaviors in women. But for a long time, it was seen as a legitimate category of medical problem - and one that, originally, was applied to men as often as to women.

More
Book

Strahlenforschung : Bio- und Risikopolitik der DFG, 1920-1970

Die Strahlenforschung hat das 20. Jahrhundert geprägt. Strahlen kamen in Wissenschaft, Medizin, Industrie und Rüstung zur Anwendung. Was waren die Entstehungsbedingungen und wer die Akteure dieser Schlüsseltechnologie?

More
Book

Database of dreams: the lost quest to catalog humanity

Rebecca Lemov

Just a few years before the dawn of the digital age, Harvard psychologist Bert Kaplan set out to build the largest database of sociological information ever assembled. In a scrupulously researched and captivating new book, Rebecca Lemov recounts the story of Kaplan's quest and brings to light an informative and disturbing chapter in the prehistory of Big Data.

More
Book

Humboldts Preußen : Wissenschaft und Technik im Aufbruch

Entlang der Biographie des jungen Alexander von Humboldt beschreibt Ursula Klein die Frühphase der Natur- und Technikwissenschaften in Preußen. So schildert sie diese bewegte Zeit nicht als anonymen Prozess, sondern als gelebte Praxis der Akteure. Dabei zeigt sie die Aufbruchsstimmung ebenso wie Erfolge und Misserfolge beim Experimentieren und Erfinden.

More
Book

Epistemologia historyczna

Czym jest i po co epistemologia historyczna? To pytanie stawia sobie w książce jeden z najważniejszych autorów tego podejścia do historii nauki, Hans-Jörg Rheinberger. W pierwszej części autor przedstawia historyzowanie epistemologii od Emila Du Bois-Reymonda poprzez Michela Foucaulta po Bruno Latoura.

More
Book

Before Boas : the genesis of ethnography and ethnology in the German Enlightenment

Han F. Vermeulen

'Before Boas' argues that anthropology and ethnology were separate sciences during the Age of Reason, studying racial and ethnic diversity, respectively. Ethnography and ethnology focused not on “other” cultures but on all peoples of all eras.

More
Edited Book

Relocating the history of science: essays in honor of Kostas Gavroglu

Jürgen Renn, Theodore Arabatzis, Ana Simões

This volume is put together in honor of a distinguished historian of science, Kostas Gavroglu, whose work has won international acclaim, and has been pivotal in establishing the discipline of history of science in Greece, its consolidation in other countries of the European Periphery, and the constructive dialogue of these emerging communities with an extended community of international scholars.

More
Book

Kunststücke

Hans Jörg Rheinbergers Kunststücke befassen sich mit der Dingverliebtheit in der barocken Malerei des 17. Jahrhunderts. Seine Texte verstehen sich als Kunststücke über Kunststücke. Im ersten Teil begleiten Prosagedichte eine Auswahl von Stillleben sowie den Fünf-Sinne-Zyklus von Jan Brueghel d. Ä. und Peter Paul Rubens. Im zweiten Teil wird der »Sehsinn« dieses Zyklus in seiner Spiegelstruktur und hinsichtlich seiner Blumenspiele in den Blick genommen.

More
Edited Book

Albert Einstein: Relativity, the special and the general theory, 100th anniversary edition

Jürgen Renn, Hanoch Gutfreund

After completing the final version of his general theory of relativity in November 1915, Albert Einstein wrote a book about relativity for a popular audience. The book remains one of the most lucid explanations of the special and general theories ever written.

More
Book

The road to relativity: the history and meaning of Einstein's “The Foundation of General Relativity” featuring the original manuscript of Einstein’s masterpiece

Jürgen Renn, Hanoch Gutfreund

This richly annotated facsimile edition of “The Foundation of General Relativity” introduces a new generation of readers to Albert Einstein’s theory of gravitation.

More
Book

Sex and control: venereal disease, colonial physicians, and indigenous agency in german colonialism, 1884-1914

Daniel J. Walther

In responding to the perceived threat posed by venereal diseases in Germany’s colonies, doctors took a biopolitical approach that employed medical and bourgeois discourses of modernization, health, productivity, and morality.

More
Book

Money trees : the Douglas fir and American forestry, 1900-1944

Emily Brock

Around the start of the last century, the forests of the Pacific Northwest were viewed as dynamic sites of industrial production, and also as natural landscapes of ecological integrity. These competing visions arose as the nation’s professional foresters faced conflicting demands from lumber companies and government regulators.

More
Book

Natur und Kultur im Spiegel des Wissens : Marsilius-Vorlesung am 6. Februar 2014

Der Zwei-Kulturen-These zufolge haben sich die Naturwissenschaften und die Geisteswissenschaften im 20. Jahrhundert in einander nicht mehr verstehende Bereiche des Wissens auseinander gelebt. Im vorliegenden Text wird diese Schwarz-Weiß-Zeichnung mehrfach aufgebrochen.

More
Edited Book

Mathematizing space : the objects of geometry from antiquity to the early modern age

This book brings together papers of the conference on 'Space, Geometry and the Imagination from Antiquity to the Modern Age' held in Berlin, Germany, 27-29 August 2012.

More
Edited Book

Rice : global networks and new histories

Peter A. Coclains, Dagmar Schäfer, Edda Fields-Black

The history of rice is inextricably entangled with the emergence of colonialism, the global networks of industrial capitalism, and the modern world economy.

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