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

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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

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Alexandra Hui, Visiting Scholar in Viktoria Tkaczyk’s Research Group “Epistemes of Modern Acoustics,” receives Alexander von Humboldt Foundation scholarship.

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It is with deep regret that we announce the passing on May 14, 2017 of the distinguished historian of science, Professor Sam S. Schweber. Sam was a dear colleague and mentor of many at the Institute and will be sorely missed by all those who had the great fortune and pleasure of knowing him.


New Articles and Preprints

Ienna, G., & Rispoli, G. (2017). Boris Hessen al bivio tra scienza e ideologia. In G. Ienna (Ed.), Boris Hessen: Le radici sociali ed economiche della meccanica di Newton (pp. 5-43). Roma: Castelvecchi.

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Rosol, C. (2017). Which design for a weather predictor? Speculating on the future of electronic forecasting in post‐war America. In M. Heymann, G. Gramelsberger, & M. Mahony (Eds.), Cultures of prediction in atmospheric and climate science: epistemic and cultural shifts in computer-based modelling and simulation (pp. 68-84). London: Routledge.

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