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Le mathématicien renaissant et son savoir : le statut des mathématiques selon Oronce Fine

Cet ouvrage présente la philosophie des mathématiques d’Oronce Fine, premier lecteur royal de mathématiques, et ses contributions à la réévaluation du statut institutionnel et épistémologique des mathématiques dans l’horizon académique français du xvie siècle.

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Immunologie im "kleinen Staat" DDR : die tumorimmunologische Grundlagenforschung in Berlin-Buch 1948-1984

Sophie Meyer

Sophie Meyer untersucht die Geschichte der Tumorimmunologie in der DDR als Beispiel für naturwissenschaftliche Forschung im ehemaligen Ostblock während des Kalten Krieges. Im Zentrum steht der Forschungsstandort Berlin-Buch, an dem man bereits früh versucht wurde, Grundlagenforschung und klinische Forschung unter einem Dach zu vereinen.

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Alvarus Thomas und sein 'Liber de triplici motu'

Stefan Paul Trzeciok

Der Liber de triplici motu ist ein Werk von Alvarus Thomas aus dem Jahr 1509. Das Buch repräsentiert einen letzten Höhepunkt der scholastischen Auseinandersetzung mit der aristotelischen Bewegungslehre vor der Entstehung der klassischen Mechanik, an dem man die entscheidenden Stadien der Transformation des Bewegungsbegriffs seit der Antike studieren kann.

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Data-centric biology : a philosophical study

Sabina Leonelli

In recent decades, there has been a major shift in the way researchers process and understand scientific data. Digital access to data has revolutionized ways of doing science in the biological and biomedical fields, leading to a data-intensive approach to research that uses innovative methods to produce, store, distribute, and interpret huge amounts of data.

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Albert Einstein - Mileva Maric: Erotikes epistoles Ερωτικές επιστολές

Δήμητρα-Ενδοξία Μπάτσιον, Στέλλα Τσικρικά, Jürgen Renn, Robert Schulmann

Greek translation of the "Love letters" by Albert Einstein and Mileva Maric. Unlike the picture of Einstein the lone, isolated thinker of Princeton, he appears here both as the burgeoning enfant terrible of science and as an amorous young man beset, along with his fiance, by financial and personal struggles--among them the illegitimate birth of their daughter, whose existence is known only by these letters.

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LEMCO : un coloso de la industria cárnica en Fray Bentos, Uruguay ; The Meat Industry's Colossus in Fray Bentos, Uruguay

Lucía Lewowicz

The publication tells the story, unknown to the general public, of the foundation of a unique scientific enterprise that existed sixty years before Frigorífico Anglo (meatpacking plant) of Fray Bentos began to operate exactly on the premises where LEMCO (Liebig’s Extract of Meat Company) was located.

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Scientia Kircheriana: die Fabrikation von Wissen bei Athanasius Kircher

Wer oder was verbarg sich hinter dem Namen Athanasius Kircher S. J.? Anhand der Analyse des gedruckten Œuvre Kirchers, seiner Korrespondenz sowie seiner zahlreichen Wissenspräsentationen nördlich und südlich der Alpen untersucht der Band die Fabrikationsmechanismen der Kircher-Figur und seiner Wissenschaft.

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Spatial thinking and external representation: towards a historical epistemology of space

Spatial thinking plays a central role in the life of individuals as well as whole societies. It ranges from everyday orientation in our living environment to the social organization of place and space and the structuring of a huge corpus of experiential knowledge by means of theoretical concepts in modern science.

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1001 distortions : how (not) to narrate history of science, medicine, and technology in non-western cultures

Sonja Brentjes, Edis Taner, Lutz Richter-Bernburg

This book reflects on debates among historians of science, medicine and technology as well as Islamicate societies about fundamental questions of how we think and write about the intellectual and technological past in cultures to which we do not belong any longer or never were a member of.

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Science studies during the Cold War and beyond : paradigms defected

Elena Aronova, Simone Turchetti

This book recounts how during the Cold War the study of science moved to the centre of academic through the creation of the new discipline of science studies.

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Health and difference : rendering human variation in colonial engagements

Alexandra Widmer, Veronika Lipphardt

Human variation represented a central research topic for life scientists and posed challenging administrative issues for colonial bureaucrats in the first half of the 20th century.

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Nützliches Wissen : die Erfindung der Technikwissenschaften

Ursula Kleins kompaktes Buch verfolgt den Diskurs über nützliches Wissen bis ins 18. Jahrhundert zurück, wo sie den Ursprung der Technikwissenschaften verortet. Die wissenschaftlich-technischen Experten jener Zeit waren hybride Figuren zwischen intellektuellem Gelehrten und traditionellem Handwerker, und damit maßgeblich für die Produktion von nützlichem Wissen verantwortlich.

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Canonical texts and scholarly practices : a global comparative approach

Anthony Grafton, Glenn W. Most

In this collection of richly documented case studies, experts in many textual traditions examine the ways in which important texts were preserved, explicated, corrected, and used for a variety of purposes. This volume shows how much is learned when historians of scholarship focus on earlier scholars' practices, and when Western scholarly traditions are treated as part of a much larger, cross-cultural inquiry.

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Heredity explored : between public domain and experimental science, 1850-1930

Staffan Müller-Wille, Christina Brandt

This book examines the wide range of scientific and social arenas in which the concept of inheritance gained relevance in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Although genetics emerged as a scientific discipline during this period, the idea of inheritance also played a role in a variety of medical, agricultural, industrial, and political contexts.

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Der Kupferstecher und der Philosoph : Albert Flocon trifft Gaston Bachelard

Die bislang wenig beachtete, doch ungewöhnlich fruchtbare Begegnung zwischen dem Kupferstecher Albert Flocon und dem Wissenschaftsphilosophen Gaston Bachelard ist als emblematisch für die wechselseitige Beeinflussung von Philosophie und Kunst, von Geistesarbeit und Handwerk zu verstehen.

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The globalization of knowledge in the Iberian colonial world

This volume investigates processes of knowledge formation in the Iberian colonies by attempting to understand the Spanish and Portuguese contribution to the European scientific tradition, and by tracing the origins and history of this knowledge to find out how it was gained.

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Documenting the world: film, photography, and the scientific record

Gregg Mitman, Kelley E. Wilder

Imagine the twentieth century without photography and film. Its history would be absent of images that define historical moments and generations. 'Documenting the World' is about the material and social life of photographs and film made in the scientific quest to document the world.

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Wissen, Macht, Geschlecht : ein ABC der transnationalen Zeitgeschichte

Birgit Kolboske, Axel Hüntelmann, Ina Heumann, Susanne Heim, Regina Fritz, Roman Birke

Im Zentrum der vorliegenden Festschrift stehen Begriffe, die mit Carola Sachses Arbeit und dem Themenfeld Wissen – Macht – Geschlecht. Zeitgeschichte in transnationalen Bezügen verbunden sind. Es konzentriert sich auf die transnational vergleichende Auseinandersetzung mit zentralen Phänomenen des langen 20. Jahrhunderts.

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Globalization of knowledge in the post-antique Mediterranean, 700-1500

The contributions to this volume enter into a dialogue about the routes, modes and institutions that transferred and transformed knowledge across the late antique Mediterranean and the Persian Gulf.

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Kuhn's structure of scientific revolutions at fifty : reflections on a science classic

Robert J. Richards, Lorraine Daston

Thomas S. Kuhn’s The Structure of Scientific Revolutions was a watershed event when it was published in 1962, upending the previous understanding of science as a slow, logical accumulation of facts and introducing, with the concept of the “paradigm shift,” social and psychological considerations into the heart of the scientific process.

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The Aristotelian mechanics : text and diagrams

This book examines the transmission processes of the Aristotelian Mechanics. It does so to enable readers to appreciate the value of the treatise based on solid knowledge of the principles of the text.

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Duncan Liddel (1561-1613): Networks of Polymathy and the Northern European Renaissance

Pietro Daniel Omodeo, Karin Friedrich

This collective volume in the history of early-modern science and medicine investigates the transfer of knowledge between Germany and Scotland focusing on the Scottish mathematician and physician Duncan Liddel of Aberdeen.

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Shifting paradigms : Thomas S. Kuhn and the history of science

Alexander Blum, Kostas Gavroglu, Christian Joas, Jürgen Renn

The publication of Thomas S. Kuhn’s "Structure of Scientific Revolutions" in 1962 stands for a turning point in the history and philosophy of science. The repercussions of this work have rearticulated the theoretical framework of history and philosophy of science and have also generated discussions that contributed to the formation of the communities of historians as well as philosophers of science in many parts of the world.

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Leibniz on the parallel postulate and the foundations of geometry : the unpublished manuscripts

This book offers a general introduction to the geometrical studies of Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz (1646-1716) and his mathematical epistemology. In particular, it focuses on his theory of parallel lines and his attempts to prove the famous Parallel Postulate.

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Diversität : Geschichte und Aktualität eines Konzepts

André Blum, Nina Zschocke, Hans-Jörg Rheinberger, Vincent Barras

Das Nachdenken über Diversität reicht von den Naturwissenschaften über die Geschichtswissenschaften, die Gesellschaftswissenschaften, die Philosophie bis zu den Künsten. Diversität ist zudem politisch und emotional beladen. In diesem Buch wird nicht nur über Einzelaspekte von Diversität berichtet, es wird auch eine Synthese versucht.

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Historical epistemology of space : from primate cognition to spacetime physics

The book introduces an epistemologically informed history of knowledge across different disciplines, discusses the societal and material conditions under which theories and spatial thinking develop, presents theoretical considerations & concrete results from both historical studies and empirical sciences.

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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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