Projects

Current & Completed

Research Coordinator

Ohad Parnes

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The Institute’s research projects span all eras of human history, as well as all cultures north, south, east, and west. The Institute’s projects canvass an array of scientific areas, ranging from the origins of continuity systems in Mesopotamia to present-day neuroscience, Renaissance natural history, and the origins of quantum mechanics.

The Institute's researchers explore the changing meaning of fundamental scientific concepts (for example number, force, heredity, space) as well as how cultural developments shape fundamental scientific practices (for example argument, proof, experiment, classification). They examine how bodies of knowledge originally devised to address specific local problems became universalized.

The work of the Institute's scholars forms the basis of a theoretically oriented history of science which considers scientific thinking from a variety of methodological and interdisciplinary perspectives. The Institute draws on the reflective potential of the history of science to address current challenges in scientific scholarship.

Project List

Al-Khazini’s Book on the Balance of Wisdom
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Crops on the Move
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A Cultural History of Breathing
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A Cultural History of Heredity
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A Global History of Human Teeth
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A Guide Through Textual Practices in Late Renaissance Court Libraries
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A Historical and Critical Neuroscience of Music
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A History of Artificial Beings
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Methods and Expertise
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History of the Typical
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A Matter of Time
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Coptic Adaptations of Saadiah Gaon’s Judaeo-Arabic Translation of the Torah
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Frontier Horse Ranches in Early Ming China
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A Natural History of Data
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A New History of Medieval Science: Knowledge and Its Objects in Latin Europe and the Islamicate World, 750–1650
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Master Craftsmen
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Infrastructuring Singapore (1850s–1930s)
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A Terrible Piece of Bad Metaphysics?
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A Visual Imprint of Moving Air
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Accounting for Uncertainty
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Acoustic Knowledge, Sound Technologies, and Music in Early Twentieth-Century India
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After Mapping the Avant-Garde
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Naval Technology and Late Qing China
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Aging Research in Nineteenth-century Biology
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Agricultural Modernization and Biodiversity Conservation in the Twentieth Century
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Alchemy and a Vernacular Color Code
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Alchemy as the Art of Dyeing
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Algorithmic Modeling of Musical Time
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