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Working Group Books

Working Group Books are a specialty of the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science (MPIWG): volumes written by two or more authors which are the result of intensive collaboration, involving multiple working sessions in which drafts of the individual chapters are presented, discussed, and revised. Many MPIWG research projects publish their principal results in this form, in addition to books and articles by individual participating scholars. These Working Group Books are especially well suited to opening up new fields of research and to covering topics from a comparative perspective, both challenges that invite collective rather than individual scholarship.

 

 

2022
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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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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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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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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
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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The Astronomer's Chair: A Visual and Cultural History

The astronomer's chair is a leitmotif in the history of astronomy, appearing in hundreds of drawings, prints, and photographs from a variety of sources. Nineteenth-century stargazers in particular seemed eager to display their observing chairs—task-specific, often mechanically adjustable observatory furniture designed for use in conjunction with telescopes.

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Edited Book

Oil: Schönheit und Schrecken des Erdölzeitalters. Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg. Oil: Beauty and Horror in the Petrol Age

Erdöl — kein anderer Rohstoff durchdringt so viele Bereiche unseres Lebens: unsere Städte, unsere Körper, unsere Emotionen. Die Publikation Oil. Schönheit und Schrecken des Erdölzeitalters bietet komplex und vielfältig wie nie zuvor einen transdisziplinären Einblick in das globale Zeitalter des Erdöls und wie es Kunst und Künstler*innen inspirierte.

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Edited Book

Annemarie Tröger: Kampf um feministische Geschichten. Texte und Kontexte 1970-1990

Annemarie Tröger, born in 1939, was one of the founders of women's studies in the German-speaking world in the 1970s. Her seminars, lectures, publications were groundbreaking for many of her colleagues and students.

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The Joy of Sweat: The Strange Science of Perspiration

A taboo-busting romp through the shame, stink and strange science of sweating. Sweating may be one of our weirdest biological functions, but it’s also one of our most vital and least understood. In The Joy of Sweat, Sarah Everts delves into its role in the body—and in human history.

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Ant Spider Bee: Chronicling Digital Transformations in Environmental Humanities

Inspired by Francis Bacon’s ant, spider, and bee as models of collecting, processing, and transforming knowledge, Kimberly Coulter, Wilko Graf von Hardenberg, and Finn Arne Jørgensen started "Ant Spider Bee" to reflect on ways technology was transforming the epistemologies, methods, and dissemination of environmental humanities research.

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