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Books

Scholars of the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science (MPIWG) have a strong book publication record, with output including individual publications, group collaborations, and edited volumes. Our Working Group books are volumes written by two or more authors as the result of intensive collaboration, and are a particular specialty of the Institute.

 

 

2022
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Musiques et pratiques religieuses en France au XIXe siècle

Ce livre participe d’un renouveau des travaux consacrés aux répertoires religieux et à la vie musicale des églises en France au xixe siècle, de la fin de l’Ancien Régime aux lendemains du Motu Proprio et de la séparation de l’Église et de l’État.

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Einstein über Einstein: Autobiographische und wissenschaftliche Reflexionen

Am Ende des Zweiten Weltkriegs wurde Albert Einstein eingeladen, seine intellektuelle Autobiografie für die Library of Living Philosophers zu schreiben. Das Ergebnis war sein einzigartiger Text, Autobiographisches, ein Klassiker der Wissenschaftsgeschichte, der die Entwicklung seiner Ideen mit unvergleichlicher Prägnanz erklärt. Hanoch Gutfreund und Jürgen Renn stellen Einsteins wissenschaftliche Überlegungen dem heutigen Leser vor, zeichnen seine intellektuelle Entwicklung von der Kindheit bis ins hohe Alter nach und bieten ein fesselndes Porträt der Entwicklung eines Wissenschaftlers und Philosophen.

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From Dissent to Diplomacy: The Pugwash Project During the 1960s Cold War

This book provides new and critical perspectives on the internal development of the Pugwash Conferences on Science and World Affairs (the PCSWA; Pugwash) and its role in international nuclear diplomacy during the 1960s Cold War.

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‘Expertise’ ed epistemologia politica

Questo volume si pone l’obiettivo di rimettere al centro dell’attenzione una riflessione di carattere politico sullo statuto dell’expertise nella società contemporanea.

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Environing Media

This edited volume interrogates the role of media technologies in the formation of environments, understood both as physical spaces and as epistemological constructs about them. Using the concept of ‘environing media’, the book advances a deeper understanding of how media processes – defined here as the storage, process, and transmission of data – influence human-Earth relations.

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Invisible Labour in Modern Science

Invisible Labour in Modern Science is about the people who are concealed, eclipsed, or anonymised in accounts of scientific research. Many scientific workers—including translators, activists, archivists, technicians, curators, and ethics review boards—are absent in publications and omitted from stories of discovery.

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Theaterausstellungen: Spielräume der Geisteswissenschaften um 1900

Entlang der drei interdisziplinären Theaterausstellungen in Wien 1892, Berlin 1910 und Magdeburg 1927 zeichnet das Buch nach, wie sich die Theaterwissenschaft, die Musik-, Literatur-, Film- und Rundfunkwissenschaft um 1900 innerhalb von Großausstellungen formierten.

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Die Evolution des Wissens. Eine Neubestimmung der Wissenschaft für das Anthropozän

Die Evolution des Wissens erzählt in sechzehn Kapiteln die faszinierende Wissensgeschichte der Menschheit. Anhand von Schlüsselepisoden aus der Entwicklung von Wissenschaft und Technik, von der Erfindung der Schrift über die frühneuzeitliche wissenschaftliche Revolution bis hin zu Industrialisierung und Digitalisierung, analysiert Jürgen Renn, wie Wissen entsteht und sich verändert, wie es sich seit Jahrtausenden global verbreitet und auf welche Weise Wissensökonomien und die Gesellschaften, in die sie eingebettet sind, sich wechselseitig beeinflussen.

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Gottlob Benjamin Jäsche: Liebe und Glaube: Morgengedanken An meine Sally, die Verklärte

Seit Kants Träumen eines Geistersehers sind Begegnungen mit Verstorbenen philosophisch diskreditiert. Es entbehrt nicht der Ironie, dass ein Anhänger und Vertrauter Kants, Gottlob Benjamin Jäsche, ein solches Erlebnis mit seiner verstorbenen Frau Sally hatte, das ihn tief und nachhaltig beeindruckte.

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Globale Überdosis: Stickstoff – die unterschätzte Gefahr für Umwelt und Gesundheit

Wir überdüngen den Planeten mit Stickstoff. Eigentlich waren alle biologisch nutzbaren Formen des Elements über Milliarden von Jahren eine heiß umkämpfte Mangelware. Um an sie heranzukommen, haben sich Pflanzen und andere Organismen einige Tricks einfallen lassen.

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Rules: A Short History of What We Live By

Rules offers a wide-angle view on the history of the constraints that guide us—whether we know it or not.

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Narratives on Translation across Eurasia and Africa: From Babylonia to Colonial India

The book disentangles histories of translations from their treatment in specialized intellectual fields, making the point that histories of translations are not merely sub-categories of the histories of pre-modern sciences, religion, law, or literature but are in fact histories of cultural practices that cut synchronically and diachronically through the entire textual fabric of the investigated societies.

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How Einstein Found His Field Equations: Sources and Interpretation

Einstein's field equations of gravitation are a core element of his general theory of relativity. In four short communications to the Prussian Academy of Sciences in Berlin in November 1015, we can follow the final steps toward these equations and the resulting theory's spectacular success in accounting for the anomalous motion of Mercury's perihelion. This source book provides an expert guide to these four groundbreaking papers.

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Einstein secondo Einstein: riflessioni autobiografiche e scientifiche

Einstein secondo Einstein contestualizza le riflessioni di Einstein nelle varie fasi della sua vita e, oltre a presentare il testo completo delle Note autobiografiche, segue il suo itinerario intellettuale dall’infanzia agli ultimi anni, tracciando un quadro avvincente di come si forma uno scienziato-filosofo.

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The Milan Institute of Physics: A Research Institute from Fascism to the Reconstruction

This book offers the first comprehensive and authoritative text on the history of physics in Italy’s industrial and financial capital, from the foundation of the University of Milan’s Institute of Physics in 1924 up to the early 1960s, when it moved to its current location.

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Mathematical Commentaries in the Ancient World: A Global Perspective

This is the first book-length analysis of the techniques and procedures of ancient mathematical commentaries. It focuses on examples in Chinese, Sanskrit, Akkadian and Sumerian, and Ancient Greek, presenting the general issues by constant detailed reference to these commentaries, of which substantial extracts are included in the original languages and in translation, sometimes for the first time.

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L'evoluzione della conoscenza: dalle origini all'Antropocene

In questo volume Jürgen Renn propone un nuovo modo di pensare la storia della scienza e della tecnologia esaminando il ruolo della conoscenza nelle trasformazioni globali avvenute dalle origini della civiltà all’Antropocene.

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Premodern Experience of the Natural World in Translation

This innovative collection showcases the importance of the relationship between translation and experience in premodern science, bringing together an interdisciplinary group of scholars to offer a nuanced understanding of knowledge transfer across premodern time and space.

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Ladies of Honor and Merit: Gender, Useful Knowledge, and Politics in Enlightened Spain

In the late eighteenth century, enlightened politicians and upper-class women in Spain debated the right of women to join one of the country’s most prominent scientific institutions: the Madrid Economic Society of Friends of the Country. Societies such as these, as Elena Serrano describes in her book, were founded on the idea that laypeople could contribute to the advancement of their country by providing “useful knowledge,” and their fellows often referred to themselves as improvers, or friends of the country.

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Einstein o Einsteinie: zapiski autobiograficzne i naukowe

Jest rok 1946. Za biurkiem, w domu, jakich setki w Princeton, zasiada twórca największej rewolucji naukowej XX wieku. Na czterdziestu pięciu stronach opisuje swoje życie, od zachwytów dzieciństwa do ostatecznych pytań starzejącego się naukowca.

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