Yoav Beirach

Visiting Postdoctoral Fellow (Jan 2024-Dez 2025)

Yoav Beirach is a postdoctoral fellow in the Max Planck Working Group “Experience in the Premodern Sciences of Soul and Body,” specializing in early modern history of science and philosophy.

Yoav received his PhD and MA in philosophy from Tel Aviv University, where he also studied linguistics and history. His doctoral dissertation explored the history of the concept of harmony in Europe, from its Pythagorean origins to its early modern reception. He was a postdoctoral researcher at the Safra Center for Ethics, Tel Aviv University, in 2021–22 and at the Technion and the Cohn Institute for the History and Philosophy of Science and Ideas (TAU) in 2022–23. He recently joined the ERC project “NOTCOM: Science and Consensus in the 17th Century” at the Maison française d’Oxford as an associate researcher.

Yoav’s interests include early modern timekeeping and music theory, along their relationships with the philosophy, epistemology, and experience of time. At the MPIWG, Yoav will investigate the origins of the concept, practices, and instruments of isochronism in late premodern Europe.


The Quantification of Time: An Investigation of Three Premodern Sciences of Periodicity


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