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MPIWG in the Media

“Antropoceno: E se formos os últimos seres vivos a alterar a Terra?”—Jürgen Renn and “Anthropocene Curriculum” cooperation with Haus der Kulturen der Welt featured in article on Anthropocene; Publico.

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“Die Welt als Muskel und Bewegung”—Review of Emeritus Scientific Member Hans-Jörg Rheinberger’s book Der Kupferstecher und der Philosoph. Albert Flocon trifft Gaston Bachelard; Neues Deutschland.

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“Die Einläutung des Atomzeitalters”—Visiting Scholar Horst Kant quoted in article on the beginning of the Atomic Age; Deutschlandfunk.

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“Antropoceno: E se formos os últimos seres vivos a alterar a Terra?”—Executive Director Jürgen Renn and “Anthropocene Curriculum” cooperation with Haus der Kulturen der Welt featured in article on Anthropocene; Publico.

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“A rapid transition of the world’s energy systems”—Jürgen Renn, Robert Schlögl, Christoph Rosol, and Benjamin Steininger on energy and societal change; Nature Outlook.

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“Das trügerische Gefühl der bevorstehenden Katastrophe”—Director Lorraine Daston interviewed on the effect of climate change on nature; Deutschlandfunk.

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“Ammoniak und seine Synthese”—Jürgen Renn, Benjamin Johnson, and Benjamin Steininger on how an epochal invention changed the lives of humans and the work of chemists; Naturwissenschaftliche Rundschau.

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“In Publica Commoda - zum Wohle aller”—Emeritus Hans-Jörg Rheinberger on the nature and role of science in society; NDR Info.

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“Rationales Verhalten lernt man im Labyrinth der Forschung”—Hans-Jörg Rheinberger on a newly published collection of 1930s texts written by Gaston Bachelard; FAZ.

“Una biblioteca unica al mondo”—an article by Jürgen Renn, Director at the MPIWG, about the foundation of a special digital library; Il Quotidiano del Sud.

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“Historia Obscura”—Research Scholar Sonja Brentjes on the presentation of Islamic History at Berlin Science Week; Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung.

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“Alternative Fakten: Die falsche Verklärung des Gelehrten Ibn al-Haytham”—Sonja Brentjes, Senior Research Scholar at the MPIWG, critizes statements about Islamic history of science at the Berlin Science Week; Der Tagesspiegel.
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“How the Catalan economy benefited under Franco – and what this means for the ongoing stalemate”—Postdoctoral Fellow Lino Camprubi publishes article from MPIWG workshop; The Conversation.

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“Nützliches Wissen. Die Erfindung der Technikwissenschaften”—Ursula Klein’s book is reviewed on hsozkult.

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“Du lebst und tust mir nichts?”—Hans-Jörg Rheinberger mentioned in article about dioramas and the relation between visual arts and stuffed animals; FAZ.

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“What Yemen can learn from the historical experience of cholera”—Postdoctoral Fellow Edna Bonhomme publishes article from MPIWG workshop; The Conversation.

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“Into the fascist forest—a real Italian controversy”—Research Scholar Wilko Graf von Hardenberg explores the politics of forest fires; The Conversation.

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“Kuhn's Structure of Scientific Revolutions”—Lorraine Daston’s and Robert Richards’ book is reviewed; hsozkult.

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“On our bookshelf”—The Formative Years of Relativity by Hanoch Gutfreund and Jürgen Renn is reviewed; Nature Astronomy.

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“‘Sound of a dog barking’: history reveals the significance of this North Korean insult to Trump”—John DiMoia, Visiting Scholar in Department III, publishes article through MPIWG workshop; The Conversation.

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"An insightful tome recounts the heady early days of general relativity"—Review of Jürgen Renn and Hanoch Gutfreund’s book The Formative Years of Relativity: The History and Meaning of Einstein’s Princeton Lectures; Science.

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“scobel: Fakes & Fakten Was ist echt und was ist falsch? Sind wir in der Lage, dies zu erkennen?”—Lorraine Daston, Director at the MPIWG, discusses the truth behind fakes and facts; scobel (3sat). Go to broadcast (in German)

“The Chirps and Ripples in the Universe That Prove Einstein Was Right”—Review of Jürgen Renn and Hanoch Gutfreund’s book The Formative Years of Relativity: The History and Meaning of Einstein’s Princeton Lectures; New York Times.

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“How to live with bears”—Wilko Graf von Hardenberg, Research Scholar in Department III, publishes article in The Conversation.

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“Das Nullniveau schwankt”—Wilko Graf von Hardenberg interviewed on the measurement of sea level; Kulturradio RBB. Go to Interview

“The inconstant level of the sea”—Wilko Graf von Hardenberg on the inconstancy of a geographical reference point; www.mpg.de.

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“The sound of the oceans”—Lino Camprubi interviewed on marine acoustics research and what marine biologists have learned; www.mpg.de.

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“Wissenschaften sind veränderliche Kulturtechniken”—Hansjörg Rheinberger calls for an interdisciplinary perspective on nature and culture; Neue Zürcher Zeitung. Go to Article

“Forschung im postfaktischen Zeitalter”—Lorraine Daston is mentioned in this article about how science is facing increasing pressure; vdi nachrichten. Go to article

“Reflexion über das erkennende Subjekt”—review of Gallison, Peter; Daston, Lorraine: Objektivität (in German); literaturkritik.de.

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“Steckt die Wissenschaft in einer Vertrauenskrise?”—Lorraine Daston discusses the state of science in the post-fact era; Die Zeit.

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“Es herrschte ein Schweigen auf dem Meer”—Klaus Vogel interviewed on the work of SOS Mediterranee; Tagesspiegel.

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“‘In alle Welt...’: Deutsche Missionen während des Kolonialismus”—Helge Wendt interviewed on aspects of social and economic history in German missionary work in Africa; WDR.

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“Eine neue Erdepoche hat begonnen”—Christian Schwägerl, former Journalist-in-Residence at the MPIWG, on the influence of the Anthropocene; Berliner Zeitung.

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“Three faculty members elected to American Philosophical Society”—Lorraine Daston member of the American Philosophical Society; UChicagoNews.

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“Journalistic Practices and Knowledge Production”—report on a workshop organized by the MPIWG in cooperation with the DHI in Washington DC; historyofknowledge.net.

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“Den Schwarzen Löchern zuhören”—Jürgen Renn to lecture on the theory of relativity at Annual Symposium of Leibniz Kolleg, Potsdam; Potsdamer Neueste Nachrichten.

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“Daten zum Stapeln”—Christine von Oertzen, Elena Aronova, and David Sepkoski on the history of Big Data in science and society; MaxPlanckForschung.

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“Thema des Tages - “Werkstatt des Wissens” im Comenius-Garten eröffnet”—New MPIWG and Comenius Garten project featured on TV.Berlin; TV.Berlin.

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“Welchen Fakten können wir trauen?”—Lorraine Daston on trust in the post-fact era; Philosophie Magazin.

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“Mathematics opens up a new, wonderful world”—Senior Research Scholar Annette Vogt interviewed on Sofia Kovalevskaya, the world’s first female professor of mathematics; Max Planck Society.

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“Was ich gesehen habe, hat meine Befürchtungen noch übertroffen”—Florian Schmaltz discusses his findings from research at the Max Planck Institute for Psychiatry; Süddeutsche Zeitung.

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“Wie hoch ist der Meeresspiegel?”—an interview with Wilko von Hardenberg; Deutschlandradio Kultur.

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“Die Gesetzlosigkeit des Netzes wird kaltblütig ausgenützt”—Lorraine Daston interviewed on the “post-truth” era; Süddeutsche Zeitung.

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“Mit dem Grabstichel. Ein Essay über Gaston Bachelard und Albert Flocon”—Review of Hans-Jörg Rheinberger's book “Der Kupferstecher und der Philosoph”; Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung.

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“Bauchgefühl ist nicht Wahrheit”—Lorraine Daston on "post-truth" and opportunities for new ideas; Tages-Anzeiger, Der Bund. Read more

“Everest is not the world’s tallest mountain – and here’s why”—Wilko von Hardenberg on divergent average sea levels; New Scientist.

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“Persecuted, Honored, and Controversial”: Alumnus Dieter Hoffmann publishes article on the academic dynasties of the GDR; Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung.

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MPIWG highlighted as “pioneer” for Artist-in-Residence program; Märkische Allgemeine.

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Einstein 2015

The MPIWG received wide attention in the media in the context of the centenary of the general theory of relativity. Read More

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Press Releases

Christian Schwägerl is the new Journalist in Residence at the MPIWG. Go to Press Release (January 31, 2017)

MPIWG Research Scholar Pietro Daniel Omodeo Awarded ERC Consolidator Grant. Go to Press Release (January 25, 2017)

Presentation of the publication platform of Excellence Cluster Topoi. Go to Press Release (April 11, 2016)

A Journalist in Residence fellowship will be awarded by the Excellence Cluster Topoi. Go to Press Release (February 24, 2016)

In a new public lecture series researchers present research topics from the Exzellenzcluster Topoi in Berlin museums. Go to Press Release (January 20, 2016)

It is with great sadness that we inform you of the untimely death of our friend and colleague Giuseppe Castagnetti on 7 January, 2016. Obituary by Jürgen Renn.

Andreas Bernard is the new Journalist in Residence at the MPIWG. Go to Press Release (August 24, 2015)

Press Release of the Hebrew University on the joint publications by Jürgen Renn and Hanoch Gutfreund on the 100th anniversary of Einstein’s General Theory of Relativity, (July 16, 2015)

The Berliner Antike-Kolleg organizes the second Summer School on Archeology of Music (August 14–15, 2015).

TOPOI organizes an international conference on “Antike Identitäten und moderne Identifikationen” (June 15, 2015).

Research program "Die Geschichte der Max-Planck-Gesellschaft" (History of the Max Planck Society/GMPG) has been launched (February 6, 2015).

International conference in Berlin, organized by Topoi on the spread of technical innovations in the 4th and 3rd millenium BC (press release in German) (November 21, 2014).

Jürgen Renn, director at the MPIWG, was awarded the “Francis Bacon Prize” 2014 of the California Institute for Technology and the Francis Bacon Foundation (press release in German) (November 21, 2014).

The MPIWG collaborates with Oklahoma University on new publishing platform “Edition Open Sources” and announces new Postdoctoral Fellowships (August 13, 2014).

The Berliner Antike-Kolleg offers new services for research in Classical and Ancient Studies (in German) (June 26, 2014).

Berliner Antike-Kolleg at the newly constructed Archäologisches Zentrum, Press Release (in German) (March 14, 2014).

Jürgen Renn has received the Communitas-Preis from the Max Planck Society, Press Release (in German) (February 20, 2014).

450 years Galileo Galilei—press release (in German) with texts by Jürgen Renn, Matteo Valleriani, and Jochen Büttner (January 22, 2014).

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