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 Dagmar Schäfer and Visiting Scholar Francesca Bray’s Rice: Global Networks and New Histories published as paperback and eBook.

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“Into the fascist forest—a real Italian controversy”—Wilko Graf von Hardenberg, Research Scholar in Department III, publishes article in The Conversation.

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New Articles and Preprints

Rheinberger, H.-J. (2017). Über die Sprache der Wissenschaftsgeschichte. In P. Angelova, J. Andreev, & E. Lensky (Eds.), Das interpretative Universum: Dimitri Ginev zum 60. Geburtstag gewidmet (pp. 283-292). Würzburg: Königshausen & Neumann.

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Becchi, A. (2017). La lezione di Salmacide: Vitruvio e il potere delle acque. In T. G. Schattner, & F. Valdés Fernández (Eds.), Wasserversorgung in Toledo und Wissensvermittlung von der Antike ins Mittelalter (pp. 371-385). Tübingen / Berlin: Ernst Wasmuth Verlag.

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