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The Max Planck Institute for the History of Science (MPIWG) has published its format “Research Topics” since 2008. Every six to eight weeks, researchers present individual contributions of one relevant aspect of their research or present a new research project. Since 2017, scholars at the MPIWG have been contributing to “The Conversation,” a public platform for research content related to current topics, which are accessible on this page. 

Latest Research Topics

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From Electrotype to the Electric Image: Global Vision, circa 1830–1930

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Latest Articles on "The Conversation UK"

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Why Genes Don't Hold All the Answers for Biologists

It is still widely believed that the gene is the foundation of life—that its discovery has provided information about how all living beings are controlled by the genetic factors they inherit fr...

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Maths is Revolutionising the Study of History—Here's How

The study of history traditionally brings to mind images of dark, winding archives, and the smell of dust; visions of academics poring through piles of documents to uncover secrets and find the...

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Taking Poo Samples to School was an Essential Part of South Korea's Modernization

A North Korean soldier recently escaped across the demilitarised zone, the heavily fortified border between the two Koreas, and a remnant of the July 1953 ceasefire to the Korean conflict. On h...

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Flying Chariots and Exotic Birds: How Seventeeth Century Dreamers Planned to Reach the Moon

We’ve only traveled into space in the last century, but humanity’s desire to reach the moon is far from recent. In the second century AD, Lucian’s True History, a parody of travel tales, alread...

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