Research Websites

Research Websites

Albert Einstein - Chief Engineer of the Universe

An interactive exhibition on Einstein's life, the history of the theory of relativity, the history of quantum theory, and the development of nuclear physics in the 20th century.


Sources and tools for the study of the history of mechanics.

Colour Context

A Database on Colour Practice and Knowledge.

Cuneiform Digital Library Initiative (CDLI)

In this digital cuneiform research library, Assyriologists, curators, and historians of science work together on cuneiforms. Their goal is to make cuneiforms available online and to offer adequate software tools for research purposes.

University Women's International Networks Database (UWIND)

This database contains biograpical information on female academics which either belonged to, or were closedly affiliated with, the International Federation of University Women (IFUW).

Drawing with Optical Instruments

This digital library is a database of texts and images from the 15th century on the usage of optical instruments for depictions in the arts and sciences.

ECHO – Cultural Heritage Online

The European Cultural Heritage Online Initiative works to bring together sources, research, and institutional partners in order to use the Internet as a collaborative research tool.

Einstein in "Annalen der Physik"

This project is dedicated to publishing Albert Einstein's papers in “Annalen der Physik” as full texts in digital form.

Galileo Galilei's Notes on Motion

Electronic representation of Galileo's working notes documenting the genesis of his new theory of motion.

History of the Kaiser-Wilhelm-Gesellschaft

The five-year-research program of the MPG President's commission aimed to research the contribution of the Kaiser-Wilhelm-Gesellschaft and its scientists to the National Socialism. This website is not maintained anymore.

History of Quantum Physics

This project aspires to a deeper understanding of the genesis and development of quantum physics.

History of Scientific Objects

The research network (2005-2010) aimed to draw attention to scientific objects, an essential part of the material culture of modern sciences. This website is not updated anymore.

Kants naturtheoretische Begriffe (KNB)

This database systematically comprises of the concepts of Kant's natural philosophy and places them in the context of the sciences of the 18th century (in German).

Knowledge in the Making

This project (2005-2011) has traced the value of writing and drawing in the complex and abstract cultures of modern science and scholarship. The website is no longer maintained.

Machine Drawings 1200-1650

Presenting about 1,800 machine drawings, the database supplements the sources relevant to the history of mechanics made available by the Archimedes project.

Mesopotamian Year Names

Neo-Sumerian and Old Babylonian date formulae prepared by Marcel Sigrist and Peter Damerow.

Microscopic Slides

This website informs about the project on slides which was part of the MP Research Network "History of Scientific Objects" (2005-2010). It is no longer mantained.

Musawwarat Graffiti Archive

This digital research archive comprises of the graffiti of the archaeological site of Musawwarat (Sudan).

Perseus Digital Library (Tufts University)

Perseus is a digital library of sources relevant for the history of science.

Pratolino – The History of Science in a Garden

Sources and maps on the history of science of the 16th-century Tuscan Pratolino Garden.

Scholarly Voyages (Humboldt Project)

Scholarly voyages to the Canary Islands in the 18th and 19th centuries.

The Virtual Laboratory: Tools for Research on the History of Experimentalization

The Virtual Laboratory is an Internet platform where sources on the history of the life sciences and their material culture are presented and annotated.

The Years of the Cupola 1417-1436

Digital archive of the administration of the Cathedral of Florence.

Wandering Seminar on Scientific Objects

As part of the MP Research Network "History of Scientific Objects" 15 scholars present their findings of a 2008 tour through European institutions to explore a new epistemology of things. The website is no longer maintained.