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


New online magazine launched through Haus der Kulturen der Welt (HKW) Anthropocene and Technosphere projects.

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Anthropocene Curriculum project between MPIWG and Haus der Kulturen der Welt (HKW) publishes new online content—including videos, essays, and interviews.

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New Articles and Preprints

Brentjes, S. (2016). Science, religion, and education. In S. Brentjes, T. Edis, & L. Richter-Bernburg (Eds.), 1001 distortions: how (not) to narrate history of science, medicine, and technology in non-western cultures (pp. 133-149). Würzburg: Ergon.

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Omodeo, P. D. (2016). Medizinische und dämonologische Abhandlungen über den psychophysischen Dualismus im deutschen Cartesianismus des 17. Jahrhunderts. Paragrana, 25(1), 130-153. doi:10.1515/para-2016-0008.

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