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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

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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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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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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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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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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Culture and Cognition: Essays in Honor of Peter Damerow

Peter Damerow (1939–2011) was a visionary scholar of rare versatility. A key figure in the foundation and early development of the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science, he contributed to fields as wide-ranging as pedagogy, mathematics, philosophy, psychology, Near Eastern studies, as well as the history of knowledge and science.

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Empire of Style: Silk and Fashion in Tang China

This first book on fashion in premodern China is informed by archaeological sources-paintings, figurines, and silk artifacts-and textual records such as dynastic annals, poetry, tax documents, economic treatises, and sumptuary laws. Tang fashion is shown to have flourished in response to a confluence of social, economic, and political changes that brought innovative weavers and chic court elites to the forefront of history.

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Entangled Itineraries: Materials, Practices, and Knowledges across Eurasia

Trade flowed across Eurasia, around the Indian Ocean, and over the Mediterranean for millennia, but in the early modern period, larger parts of the globe became connected through these established trade routes. Knowledge, embodied in various people, materials, texts, objects, and practices, also moved and came together along these routes in hubs of exchange where different social and cultural groups intersected and interacted.

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Establishing Quantum Physics in Göttingen David Hilbert, Max Born, and Peter Debye in Context, 1900-1926

Quantum mechanics – the grandiose theory that describes nature down to the submicroscopic level – was first formulated in Göttingen in 1925. How did this come about and why is it that Göttingen became the pre-eminent location for a revolution in physics?

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Geschichte des mestizischen Europas: Vermischung als Leitkategorie europäischer Geschichtsschreibung

Es ist an der Zeit, die europäische Geschichte als eine Vielzahl von Vermischungsprozessen zu verstehen, die durch Europas Teile und durch die globale Eingebundenheit des Kontinents seit der Antike stattgefunden haben.

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Heisenberg’s 1958 Weltformel and the Roots of Post-Empirical Physics

In 1958, Werner Heisenberg, in his 57th year, jumped the shark. At the Max Planck centennial in Berlin, he presented what others would label his Weltformel (World Formula), a final theory reducing all of physics, known and unknown, to the interactions of one elementary quantum field.

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Special Journal Issue

History of Technology in Latin America

Despite having undergone major advances in recent years, the history of technology in Latin America is still an understudied topic. This is the first English-language volume to bring together a variety of critical perspectives on the history of technology in Latin America from the early-19th century through to the present day.

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In Pursuit of the Great Peace: Han Dynasty Classicism and the Making of Early Medieval Literati Culture

Through an examination of the Great Peace (taiping), one of the first utopian visions in Chinese history, Zhao Lu describes the transformation of literati culture that occurred during the Han Dynasty. Driven by anxiety over losing the mandate of Heaven, the imperial court encouraged classicism in order to establish the Great Peace and follow Heaven’s will.

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L'eglise comme lieu de concert: pratiques musicales et usages de l'espace (Paris, 1830-1905)

Alors que de nombreux travaux ont mis en lumière le rôle central de Paris dans la vie musicale européenne du xixe siècle, l’histoire de certains de ses hauts lieux de musique est demeurée dans l’ombre. L’historiographie a eu tendance à passer systématiquement sous silence l’importance des églises dans cette activité artistique.

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Natural Knowledge and Aristotelianism at Early Modern Protestant Universities

Der frühneuzeitliche Aristotelismus kann als eine dynamische Wissenstradition beschrieben werden, die durch institutionelle und intellektuelle Neukontextualisierungen, durch Tradierung und Transfer ständig umgestaltet und transformiert wird, gleichzeitig sich aber weiterhin als ein Wissen versteht, das sich im Wesentlichen aus dem Kanon des aristotelischen Corpus ableitet.

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