Max Planck Institut for the History of Science

Institute’s Colloquium 2012/13

Each year the MPIWG hosts a monthly colloquium series open to the public. This year’s series is organized by Matteo Valleriani, research scholar in Department I, “Structural Changes in Systems of Knowledge” (

Max Planck Institute for the History of Science
Boltzmannstraße 22, 14195 Berlin

Wednesdays, 3 p.m.



September 12, 2012

Henrique Leitão (University of Lisbon)
The Ship as “New World”: Long-distance Oceanic Voyages and the Practice of Science (15th to 18th Century)

October 31, 2012

Gerhard Rammer (Technische Universität Berlin)
Die Bedeutung praktischen Wissens für Wasserradtheorien im 18. und 19. Jahrhundert

November 27, 2012 (Tuesday)

Dirk Wintergrün (MPIWG, Berlin)
Towards an Infrastructure for Digital Humanities at the MPIWG: From ECHO to the Digital ScrapBook

November 28, 2012

Renée Raphael (University of California, Irvine)
Evaluating Galileo’s Discorsi: Theorical and Practical Knowledge in the Scholarly Practices of 17th-century Readers

December 5, 2012

Ursula Klein (MPIWG, Berlin)
Experts in the Royal Prussian Porcelain Manufactory

December 19, 2012

Urs Schoepflin (MPIWG, Berlin)
Linking Scholars. Bringing your Research on the Web – Copyrights, Publication Agreements, and Other Issues

January 23, 2013

Patrick Boner (John Hopkins University, Baltimore)
Practical Astronomy in Early Modern Prague: Compiling Observations at the Court of Rudolph II

February 20, 2013

David Sepkoski (MPIWG, Berlin)
From Collections to Databases: Theory and Practice in Modern Paleontological Data Analysis

March 6, 2013

Kevin Laland (University of St. Andrews)
Cause and Effect in Biology Revisited: Is Mayr’s Proximate-ultimate Dichotomy Still Useful?

April 17, 2013

Matteo Valleriani (MPIWG, Berlin)
The Early Modern Engineer’s Nature

May 15, 2013

Stephen Johnston (Museum of the History of Science, University of Oxford)
The Archaeology of Practical Knowledge: Instruments, Techniques and Craft Practice

May 22, 2013

Friedrich Steinle (Technische Unversität Berlin)
Colour Knowledge in the 18th Century: Practice, Systematisation, and Natural Philosophy

June 12, 2013

Jochen Büttner (MPIWG and Excellence Cluster TOPOI, Berlin)
Prolegomena zu einer Theorie antiker Innovationsprozesse