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One hundred years of chemical warfare : research, deployment, consequences

Bretislav Friedrich, Dieter Hoffmann, Jürgen Renn, Florian Schmaltz, Martin Wolf
Taking the horrific events that took place at Ypres in 1915 as its point of departure, this volume traces the development of chemical weapons from their first use as weapons of mass destruction by German troops in Belgium to their deployment in Syria in the summer of 2013. The book has emerged from a conference commemorating the centenary of the events at Ypres, held at the Fritz Haber Institute of the Max Planck Society in Berlin.
Special Journal Issue (Working Group Book)

Data histories

The history of data brings together topics and themes from a variety of perspectives in history of science: histories of the material culture of information and of computing, the history of politics on individual and global scales, gender and women’s history, as well as the histories of many individual disciplines, to name just a few of the areas covered by essays in this volume.

New Articles and Preprints

Sepkoski, D. (2017). The database before the computer? Osiris, 32, 175-201. doi:10.1086/693991.

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Omodeo, P. D. (2017). Lodewijk de Bils' and Tobias Andreae's Cartesian bodies: embalmment experiments, medical controversies and mechanical philosophy. Early Science and Medicine, 22(4), 301-332. doi:10.1163/15733823-00224P02. View

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Oertzen, C. v. (2017). Die Historizität der Verdatung: Konzepte, Werkzeuge und Praktiken im 19. Jahrhundert. NTM, 1-28. doi:10.1007/s00048-017-0183-6. Download

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Buning, M. (2017). Promoting technical knowledge: printing privileges and technical literature in the Early Dutch Republic. In L. Hilaire-Pérez, K. Vermeir, V. Nègre, & D. Spicq (Eds.), Le livre et les techniques avant le XXe siècle: à l’échelle du monde (pp. 453-462). Paris: CNRS éditions.

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Daston, L. (2017). The history of science and the history of knowledge. KNOW: a journal on the formation of knowledge, 1(1), 131-154. doi:10.1086/691678.

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Working Group Books

Working Group Books are an MPIWG specialty: 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. More