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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.

 

 

2020
Edited Book

Boxes: A Field Guide

A book full of boxes. A box in itself. An unboxing. This book explores boxes in their broadest sense and size. It invites us to step into the field, unravel how and why things are contained and how it might be otherwise. By turning the focus of Science and Technology Studies (STS) to boxing practices, this collation of essays examines boxes as world-making devices.

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A New Field in Mind: A History of Interdisciplinarity in the Early Brain Sciences

Examining the neglected organizational and research origins of the first interdisciplinary centres for the brain sciences.

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Camouflage: Landschaftslektüren zwischen Theater, Kunst und Krieg 1914-45

Kunst im Krieg? Das Buch zeigt anhand der Geschichte der Camouflage, wie in der ersten Hälfte des 20. Jahrhunderts überraschende neue Formen der Zusammenarbeit zum Zweck der Tarnung entstanden. Künstler*innen betonten ihre Expertise in Illusionsgestaltung und entwickelten fleckige Tarnmuster, kulissenartige Attrappen, nächtliche Lichtinstallationen und unterrichteten auch Camouflage.

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Edited Book

De sphaera of Johannes de Sacrobosco in the Early Modern Period

This open access book explores commentaries on an influential text of pre-Copernican astronomy in Europe. It features essays that take a close look at key intellectuals and how they engaged with the main ideas of this qualitative introduction to geocentric cosmology.

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Der Axolotl: ein Labortier im Heimaquarium 1864-1914

Axolotl sind Natur- und Kulturwesen: In ihrer Heimat Mexiko leben sie nur noch auf kleinem Areal und sind vom Aussterben bedroht, im Rest der Welt dagegen werden sie als Haustiere in Aquarien gehalten. Der Wissenschaftshistoriker Christian Reiß erzählt die Geschichte dieser Paradoxie.

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Der frühneuzeitliche Kometendiskurs im Spiegel deutschsprachiger Flugschriften

Am dunklen Nachthimmel der vormodernen Zeit sind Kometen äußerst eindrucksvoll und erschreckend. Als gleichzeitig nach Beschreibung, Erklärung und Deutung verlangende Naturereignisse und als zeichenhafte Phänomene des Wunderbaren werden sie zwischen 1530 und 1682 zu Kondensationspunkten intensiver Kommunikationsprozesse, die ihren literarischen Ausdruck in einer Flut von Kometenflugschriften finden.

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Einstein on Einstein: Autobiographical and Scientific Reflections

Einstein on Einstein features the full English text of Autobiographical Notes along with incisive essays that place Einstein’s reflections in the context of the different stages of his scientific life.

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Edited Book

François Bayle: Croix gammée contre caducée. François Bayle et le procès des médicins de Nuremberg

Le procès des médecins jugés à Nuremberg en 1946-1947 a révélé au grand jour les crimes médicaux nazis qui questionnent non seulement la médecine, mais, avec elle, un des fondements du lien social. Croix gammée contre caducée reste depuis sa publication en 1950 la plus importante, sinon la seule véritable source en français de ce procès.

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Know Your Remedies: Pharmacy and Culture in Early Modern China

"Know Your Remedies" presents a panoramic inquiry into China’s early modern cultural transformation through the lens of pharmacy. In the history of science and civilization in China, pharmacy—as a commercial enterprise and as a branch of classical medicine—resists easy characterization.

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Midlife Crisis: The Feminist Origins of a Chauvinist Cliché

The first book-length history of this controversial concept, MPIWG alumna Susanne Schmidt’s "Midlife Crisis" recounts the surprising origin story of the midlife debate and traces its movement from popular culture into academia.

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Mission und dekoloniale Perspektive: Der Erste Weltkrieg als Auslöser eines globalen Prozesses

Der Erste Weltkrieg von 1914 bis 1918 war nicht nur ein globales Ereignis aus militärhistorischer Perspektive, sondern hatte auch erhebliche Auswirkungen auf die protestantischen und katholischen Missionsgesellschaften in den Kolonien in Afrika und auf dem indischen Subkontinent.

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Seri-Technics: Historical Silk Technologies

At a time when the social and cultural importance of silk in the pre-modern global world is increasingly evident, this volume returns to the issue of technology and queries the ways in which actors determined the nature of silk by deploying, selecting, or pursuing certain set of technics, practices, or ideals (while dismissing or ignoring others).

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The Early Modern Travels of Manchu: A Script and its Study in East Asia and Europe

After the Qing invasion of China in 1644, and for the next two and a half centuries, Manchu was the language of state in one of the early modern world's great powers. Its prominence and novelty attracted the interest of not only Chinese literati but also foreign scholars.

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The Evolution of Knowledge: Rethinking Science for the Anthropocene

This book presents a new way of thinking about the history of science and technology, one that offers a grand narrative of human history in which knowledge serves as a critical factor of cultural evolution.

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The Making of a Scribe : Errors, Mistakes, and Rounding Numbers in the Old Babylonian Kingdom of Larsa

This work fills a void in Assyriological studies. It provides a methodology to explore, understand, and exploit statistical data. The anlaysis also fills a void in the history of mathematics by presenting historians of mathematics a method to study practical texts.

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What the Emperor Built : Architecture and Empire in the Early Ming

One of the most famous rulers in Chinese history, the Yongle emperor (r. 1402–24) gained renown for constructing Beijing’s magnificent Forbidden City, directing ambitious naval expeditions, and creating the world’s largest encyclopedia. What the Emperor Built is the first book-length study devoted to the architectural projects of a single Chinese emperor.

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2019
Special Journal Issue

Listening to the Archive: Sound Data in the Humanities and Sciences

Our aim here is to take a first step in research on the epistemic challenges that sound archiving has posed within and between the humanities, the social sciences, and the natural sciences since the late nineteenth century—and even more so since the availability of digital sound archives and tools for sound analysis.

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Against Nature

Why have human beings, in many different cultures and epochs, looked to nature as a source of norms for human behavior? From ancient India and ancient Greece, medieval France and Enlightenment America, up to the latest controversies over gay marriage and cloning, natural orders have been enlisted to illustrate and buttress moral orders.

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Animals through Chinese History: Earliest Times to 1911

This volume opens a door into the rich history of animals in China. As environmental historians turn their attention to expanded chronologies of natural change, something new can be said about human history through animals and about the globally diverse cultural and historical dynamics that have led to perceptions of animals as wild or cultures as civilized.

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Creatures of Cain: the Hunt for Human Nature in Cold War America

After World War II, the question of how to define a universal human nature took on new urgency. Creatures of Cain charts the rise and precipitous fall in Cold War America of a theory that attributed man’s evolutionary success to his unique capacity for murder.

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