About the Institute

Founded in 1994, the MPIWG in Berlin is one of the more than eighty research institutes administered by the Max Planck Society. It is dedicated to the study of the history of science and aims to understand scientific thinking and practice as historical phenomena. Researchers pursue an historical epistemology in their studies of how new categories of thought, proof, and experience have emerged. More

Projects and Sources

Research at the MPIWG is carried out in individual and collaborative projects. To browse through the projects, use the keyword index of the institute. More

The MPIWG is an advocate of open access to scholarly knowledge and is committed to making sources in the history of science available online. More


“Bauchgefühl ist nicht Wahrheit”—Lorraine Daston on "post-truth" and opportunities for new ideas; Tages-Anzeiger, Der Bund. Go to Article

Call for Papers for “12. Studientag Literatur und Wissenschaftsgeschichte,” July 2017.

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New Articles and Preprints

Høyrup, J. (2017). Otto Neugebauer and the Exploration of Ancient Near Eastern Mathematics. Berlin: Max-Planck-Institut für Wissenschaftsgeschichte. View View

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Thoms, U. (2017). Setting nutritional standards: the soldier's food in Germany, 1850-1960. In E. Neswald, D. F. Smith, & U. Thoms (Eds.), Setting nutritional standards: theory, policies, practices. Rochester: University of Rochester Press.

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