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Bücher

Die Wissenschaftlerinnen und Wissenschaftler des MPIWG veröffentlichen zahlreiche Bücher, darunter Monografien, Gruppenarbeiten und Sammelbände. Unsere Arbeitsgruppenbücher, eine institutsspezifische Publikationsform, sind von zwei oder mehr Autorinnen und Autoren verfasste Bände, die aus einer intensiven Zusammenarbeit entstehen.

2021
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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Premodern Translation: Comparative Approaches to Cross-Cultural Transformations

Six essays on pre-modern translations across a variety of languages and disciplines, exploring both their technical commonalities and cultural specificities, while also addressing the reception of the ideas they transmit.

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A Monastery for the Ibex: Conservation, State, and Conflict on the Gran Paradiso, 1919-1949

Gran Paradiso National Park is Italy’s oldest, and was instrumental in preventing the extinction of the Alpine ibex between World War I and just after World War II. Today, there are more than 30,000 ibex living in the Alps, all of which descended from that last colony protected in Gran Paradiso under Mussolini’s rule.

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Special Journal Issue

Technology Is Global: The Useful & Reliable Knowledge Debate

This special issue turns the tables. We ask how local definitions and practices of usefulness and reliability generated wealth and technological change.

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Special Journal Issue

Sounds of Language — Languages of Sound

The contributions featured in the theme issue “Sounds of Language—Languages of Sound” address the period between approximately 1890 and 1970—from the modern disciplinary formation of knowledge about sound and the rise of the social sciences and humanities to the beginnings of computerized sound research.

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Edited Book

Tranimacies: Intimate Links Between Animal and Trans* Studies

Tranimacies is a neologism that pushes and pulls together transness and animality so as to better germinate unruly, wily, perverse relationships between them, and their spawn. Through tranimacies the book aims at rethinking the linking of liberation struggles amongst former colonized peoples and lands, minoritized genders and sexualities, racially marked persons and non-human animals, and does so in a variety of geopolitical and temporal sites.

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Leonardos intellektueller Kosmos

Leonardo da Vinci ist allgemein bekannt als großer Erfinder kreativer Maschinen, als Künstler der berühmten Zeichnung des Vitruvianischen Menschen. Doch Leonardo war auch ein wissbegieriger Leser: In seiner persönlichen Bibliothek standen fast 200 Bücher aus Wissenschaft und Technik, Literatur und Religion.

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Leonardo’s Intellectual Cosmos

The MPIWG, with the Museo Galileo and the Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin, has now reconstructed the lost book collection of Leonardo da Vinci for the exhibition “Leonardo’s Intellectual Cosmos,” where visitors can marvel at many of these outstanding old works. The exhibition is accompanied by a richly-illustrated catalogue including essays by leading Leonardo experts, available in German and in English from Giunti Editore.

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Spalt und Fuge: Eine Phänomenologie des Experiments

In diesem Buch geht es um das Experimentieren, das in den Wissenschaften seit der Frühen Neuzeit eine immer größere Rolle spielt. Umso erstaunlicher ist es, dass sich Philosophie und Geschichte der Wissenschaften mit der unglaublichen Vielgestaltigkeit des Experimentierens kaum auseinandergesetzt haben.

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Special Journal Issue

Global Perspectives on Science Diplomacy

Contemporary scholarship concerning science diplomacy is increasingly taking a historical approach. Through cases discussed in the articles of the special issue we see that historically, in the Global South as well as the Global North, science diplomacy has often functioned to mediate the circulation of technoscientific knowledge and materials, and its historical study helps to better illuminate the resulting knowledge‐power nexus.

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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
Edited Book

Ordinare il mondo: prospettive logiche ed epistemologiche su scienza, natura e società

L'idea di una costruzione logica del mondo, cruciale per la filosofia della scienza del XX secolo, non è nuova. La tradizione aristotelica ha giocato una parte fondamentale nello stabilire una connessione essenziale fra scienza e logica, come pure più avanti le discussioni filosofiche del primo periodo moderno.

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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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