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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.

 

 

2021
Edited Book

Cultural Hegemony in a Scientific World: Gramscian Concepts for the History of Science

This volume in political epistemology offers a comprehensive discussion of the multiple applicability of Gramscian concepts and categories to the historical, sociological, and cultural analysis of science.

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Democratic and Authoritarian Political Systems in 21st Century World Society. Vol. I. Differentiation, Inclusion, Responsiveness

This book is about the radical novelty of modern polities in a functionally differentiated world society. Premodern states were at the apex of a stratified, hierarchical society. They dominated society and all its groups and strata. Modern polities have to be understood through the ecology of relations among different function systems.

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2020
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The Great Smog of China: A Short Event History of Air Pollution

The Great Smog of China traces Chinese air pollution events dating back to more than 2,000 years ago. Based on the authors’ fieldwork, interviews and text studies, the book offers a short and concise history of selected air pollution incidents that for varying reasons prompted different kinds of responses and forms of engagement in Chinese society.

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Edited Book

The "Roman de la Rose" and Thirteenth-Century Thought

The thirteenth-century allegorical dream vision, the Roman de la Rose, transformed how medieval literary texts engaged with philosophical ideas. Written in Old French, its influence dominated French, English and Italian literature for the next two centuries, serving in particular as a model for Chaucer and Dante.

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Die Leben der Anderen: Reinkarnation als Fehldeutung von Erfahrungen früherer Leben

In dieser Studie wird gezeigt, dass Phänomenologie und Begleitumstände von »past life«-Erfahrungen gegen ihre Interpretation als Erinnerungen im Sinne eines Wiedererlebens sprechen.

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Edited Book

Thomas Aquinas on Seeing God: The Beatific Vision in his Commentary on Peter Lombard's Sentences IV.49.2

This book is more than a text translation: It is a veritable goldmine of information about the historical and conceptual dimensions of the problem with which Aquinas grapples.

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Ungleichheit. Ein Essay

Edna Bonhomme befasst sich mit dem aktuellen Thema „Ungleichheit“ und zeigt dies am Beispiel der Situation der meist schwarzen Gefangenen in den USA. Sie sind dem Corona-Virus in besonderer Weise ausgesetzt.

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Special Journal Issue (Working Group Book)

Histories of Bureaucratic Knowledge

This special issue is the collective result of a working group of historians who focus on very different periods and regions, such as the medieval Latin West, Spanish America, Qing China, and the Ottoman Empire.

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Magnes. Der Magnetstein und der Magnetismus in den Wissenschaften der Frühen Neuzeit

Why does a magnet attract iron? Why does a compass needle point north? Although the magnet or lodestone was known since antiquity, magnetism only became an important topic in natural science and technology in the early modern period.

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Special Journal Issue

Verticality in the History of Science

History of science's spatial turn has focused on the horizontal dimension, leaving the role of the vertical mostly unexplored as both a condition and object of scientific knowledge production. This special issue seeks to contribute to a burgeoning discussion on the role of verticality in modern sciences, building upon a wider interdisciplinary debate about the importance of the vertical and the volumetric in the making of modern lifeworlds.

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Edited Book

The Renaissance of General Relativity in Context

This contributed volume explores the renaissance of general relativity after World War II, when it transformed from a marginal theory into a cornerstone of modern physics.

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Edited Book

Testing Hearing: The Making of Modern Aurality

Testing Hearing: The Making of Modern Aurality argues that the modern cultural practices of hearing and testing have emerged from a long interrelationship.

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Gegen|Wissen. Wissensformen an der Schnittstelle von Universität und Gesellschaft

Covid-19, Klimakrise, Big Tech, algorithmic bias, #MeToo: Wissen, Wissenschaft und Technologie hat sich in den vergangenen Jahren in einem Maße politisiert wie letztmals um 1980.

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Erdöl: Ein Atlas der Petromoderne

Nur wenn wir begriffen haben, womit wir es seit 150 Jahren in unseren Motoren, Laboren, Körpern und Träumen zu tun haben, können wir uns von dieser ebenso zauberhaften wie verhängnisvollen Substanz wieder lösen.

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Technoscience in History: Prussia, 1750–1850

Do today's technoscientific disciplines—including materials science, genetic engineering, nanotechnology, and robotics—signal a radical departure from traditional science? In Technoscience in History, Ursula Klein argues that these novel disciplines and projects represent not an “epochal break,” but part of a history that can be traced back to German “useful” sciences and beyond.

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Gone to Ground: A History of Environment and Infrastructure in Dar es Salaam

‘Gone to Ground’ is an investigation into the material and political forces that transformed the cityscape of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania in the 1970s and early 1980s. It is both the story of a particular city and the history of a global moment of massive urban transformation from the perspective of those at the center of this shift.

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Fir and Empire: The Transformation of Forests in Early Modern China

Miller uses the emergence of anthropogenic forests in south China to rethink both temporal and spatial frameworks for Chinese history and the nature of Chinese empire.

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Edited Book

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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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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Edited Book

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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