About the Institute

Founded in 1994, the MPIWG in Berlin is one of the more than eighty research institutes administered by the Max Planck Society. It is dedicated to the study of the history of science and aims to understand scientific thinking and practice as historical phenomena. Researchers pursue an historical epistemology in their studies of how new categories of thought, proof, and experience have emerged. More

Projects and Sources

Research at the MPIWG is carried out in individual and collaborative projects. To browse through the projects, use the keyword index of the institute. More

The MPIWG is an advocate of open access to scholarly knowledge and is committed to making sources in the history of science available online. More


Director Jürgen Renn opens the “Akedemievorlesungen” series at the Akademie der Wissenschaften, Hamburg.

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Berlin’s history of science course list (KVV) for summer semester 2017 now available.

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New Articles and Preprints

Ziemer, H. (2017). Opferstiere und Barbaren im Konzert: zu einer historischen Anthropologie des Musikhörens der 1920er Jahre. In K. Aringer, F. K. Praßl, P. Revers, & C. Utz (Eds.), Geschichte und Gegenwart des musikalischen Hörens: Diskurse - Geschichte(n) - Poetiken (pp. 257-274). Freiburg i.Br.: Rombach Verlag.

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Renn, J. (2017). On the construction sites of the Anthropocene. In A. Lepik (Ed.), Out There: Landscape architecture on the global terrain (pp. 16-19). Berlin: Hatje Cantz.

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