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


Matteo Valleriani appointed as Honorary Professor in History of Science at the Technische Universität in Berlin on September 20, 2017. Go to Profile

Matteo Valleriani co-organises a Masterclass entitled “Galileo’s Methods of Investigation and Discovery” (Institute for Research in the Humanities, Univ. of Bucharest, a few slots are still available). Go to website

New Articles and Preprints

Schäfer, D. (2017). Thinking in many tongues: language(s) and late Imperial China’s science. Isis, 108(3), 621-628. doi:10.1086/694332.

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Lehner, C., & Wendt, H. (2017). Mechanik in der Querelle des Anciens et des Modernes. In J. Helmrath, E. M. Hausteiner, & U. Jensen (Eds.), Antike als Transformation: Konzepte zur Beschreibung kulturellen Wandels (pp. 179-195). Berlin [u.a.]: De Gruyter. doi:10.1515/9783110499261-012.

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