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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
Edited Book

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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Korea and the Fall of the Mongol Empire: Alliance, Upheaval, and the Rise of a New East Asian Order

Korea and the Fall of the Mongol Empire explores the experiences of the enigmatic and controversial King Gongmin of Goryeo, Wang Gi, as he navigated the upheavals of the mid-fourteenth century, including the collapse of the Mongol Empire and the rise of its successors in West, Central, and East Asia.

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Making Ammonia: Fritz Haber, Walther Nernst, and the Nature of Scientific Discovery

This Open Access book discusses the progress of science and the transfer of scientific knowledge to technological application. It also identifies the factors necessary to achieve this progress. Based on a case study of the physical chemist Fritz Haber's discovery of ammonia synthesis between 1903 and 1909, the book places Haber's work in historical and scientific (physicochemical) context.

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Historical Roots of Spontaneous Symmetry Breaking: Steps Towards an Analogy

What are the thinking processes and knowledge resources involved in a complex discovery? How can the physics of solids, the physics of nuclei, and elementary particle physics cross-fertilise in spite of the widely differing domains and energy scales they deal with?

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Unsichere Gewissheiten

Ludwig Wittgenstein unternahm kurz vor seinem Tod noch einmal den Versuch, das zu erkunden, was sich nicht infrage stellen lässt. Er wollte etwas im wahrsten Sinne des Wortes festmachen, damit der Zweifel endlich zur Ruhe kommt.

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Edited Book

Publishing Sacrobosco’s De sphaera in Early Modern Europe: Modes of Material and Scientific Exchange

This open access volume focuses on the cultural background of the pivotal transformations of scientific knowledge in the early modern period. It investigates the rich edition history of Johannes de Sacrobosco’s Tractatus de sphaera, by far the most widely disseminated textbook on geocentric cosmology...

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Albert Einstein / Moritz Schlick: Briefwechsel

Die Edition liefert einzigartige Aufschlüsse über die intensiven Debatten zwischen Wissenschaft und Philosophie, die ausgelöst wurden durch die Relativitäts- und Quantentheorie und bis heute unser Naturverständnis entscheidend prägen.

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Mathematical Music: From Antiquity to Music AI

‘Mathematical Music’ offers a concise and easily accessible history of how mathematics was used to create music. The story presented in this short, engaging volume ranges from ratios in antiquity to random combinations in the 17th century, 20th-century statistics, and contemporary artificial intelligence.

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Edited Book

In anderen Zeiten / In Other Times: Zeitdiskurse im Wandel / Changing Discourses of Time across Human History

The notion of time is, and has always been, omnipresent. So what could be more obvious than to research the topic from international and interdisciplinary perspectives? From ancient Greece to the present; from childhood perceptions to philosophical conceptions of time; and from ancient Chinese views of duration and transience to the importance of natural phenomena in the early modern period. The cross-epochal investigations in this volume demonstrate the great importance of the phenomenon of time for humankind.

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Edited Book

A Cultural History of Chemistry in the Eighteenth Century

A Cultural History of Chemistry in the Eighteenth Century covers the period from 1700 to 1815. Setting the progress of science and technology in its cultural context, the volume re-examines the changes that many have considered to constitute a "chemical revolution".

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2021
Book

Motion and Genetic Definitions in the Sixteenth-Century Euclidean Tradition

A significant number of works have set forth, over the past decades, the emphasis laid by seventeenth-century mathematicians and philosophers on motion and kinematic notions in geometry. These works demonstrated the crucial role attributed in this context to genetic definitions, which state the mode of generation of geometrical objects instead of their essential properties.

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Yuanzili de shengming: fangshexingtongweisu zai kexue he yixue zhong de lishi 原子力的生命: 放射性同位素在科学和医学中的历史 [Life Atomic: A History of Radioisotopes in Science and Medicine]

Chinese Translation of the Book " Life Atomic: A History of Radioisotopes in Science and Medicine", University of Chicago Press 2013 translated by Wang Juechun 王珏纯.

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Edited Book

Moritz Schlick: Texte zur Quantentheorie

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Historia del columpio

La fascinante historia, alejada del parque infantil, de un artilugio empapado de magia, pasiones, leyendas, ritos, goce, erotismo, diversión o muerte.
El columpio ha acompañado a los seres humanos desde la Grecia clásica o la China preimperial. Sus usos han labrado un terreno fecundo entre el arte y la vida, entre el ritual y el conocimiento, entre la cultura y el juego.

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Special Journal Issue

The Mississippi Papers (Part 1 & 2)

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Minerva meets Vulcan: Scientific and Technological Literature, 1450–1750

This book offers a comprehensive study and account of the co-evolution of technological and scientific literature in the early modern period (1450-1750). It examines the various relationships of these literatures in six areas of knowledge - Architecture, Chemistry, Gunnery, Mechanical Engineering, Mining, and Practical Mathematics - which represent the main types of advanced technological and scientific knowledge of the era.

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Edited Book

Contextualising Ancient Technology: From Archaeological Case Studies Towards a Social Theory of Ancient Innovation Processes

The diffusion of innovations from the Near East into the ‘static’ surrounding peripheries has become a well-known archaeological paradigm, often summed up as Ex Oriente Lux.

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Raum-Maschine Reichsautobahn

Kaum ein Bauwerk prägt unsere Umgebung wie die Autobahn. Ihre festen Fahrbahnen, weiten Linien und ihre kreuzungsfreie Netzgestalt bilden ein System, ohne das kein Supermarkt, kein Gewerbegebiet und keine Fußgängerzone funktionieren. Und obwohl die Nationalsozialisten die Autobahn bekanntermaßen nicht erfunden haben, so wurde das Fundament für den europäischen Hauptverkehrsweg doch von 1934 bis 1942 in die Landschaft betoniert.

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