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    Institute's Colloquium 2023–24

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    No. 85

    Commoning Biomedicine: An Open Source Network for Oral Histories Online

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    Let’s Talk about Gender!

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    No. 84

    Knowledge Systems and Collective Life: A New Approach to the Study of Science and Politics

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  • A depiction of oxygen, carbon and water cycles in nature and another with members of a conference raising their hands

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    No. 83

    The Social Side of a Scientific Breakthrough: Fritz Haber, Walther Nernst, and the Discovery of Ammonia Synthesis 1830–1930

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    Science Social

    Science Social Special: There Is No One History of Science (But It’s All Interconnected)

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Founded in 1994, the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science (MPIWG) in Berlin is one of the more than 80 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 a historical epistemology in their studies of how new categories of thought, proof, and experience have emerged.

 

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Lorraine Daston's book Rules: A Short History of What We Live By reviewed by Spektrum

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Wellcome Collection quotes Jesse Olszynko-Gryn on the history of pregnancy testing

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The Institute welcomes Journalist in Residence Merlin Wassermann

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Events

CANCELLED: (Cows, Toads, and Other) Technologies of Reproduction: A Double Book Launch & Film Screening

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Differences between The Natural and Social Sciences and Their Consequences

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Cliodynamics of End Times: Elites, Counter-Elites and the Path of Political Disintegration

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In Search of 'A New Planetary Culture': Lynn Margulis and the Lindisfarne Association, 1974-1998

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