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Testing drugs and trying cures

Elaine Leong, Alisha Rankin,
Practices of testing drugs and trying cures were clearly central to premodern medicine. As the present articles demonstrate, a wide range of actors conducted a variety of practices in order to assess drug efficacy; determine the virtues of plants, animals, and minerals; ascertain the composition of compound drugs; tweak production and application methods; and much more.
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The formative years of relativity : the history and meaning of Einstein's Princeton lectures

First published in 1922 and based on lectures delivered in May 1921, Albert Einstein’s The Meaning of Relativity offered an overview and explanation of the then new and controversial theory of relativity. The work would go on to become a monumental classic, printed in numerous editions and translations worldwide. Now, The Formative Years of Relativity introduces Einstein’s masterpiece to new audiences.

New Articles and Preprints

Schäfer, D. (2017). Thinking in many tongues: language(s) and late Imperial China’s science. Isis, 108(3), 621-628. doi:10.1086/694332.

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Lehner, C., & Wendt, H. (2017). Mechanik in der Querelle des Anciens et des Modernes. In J. Helmrath, E. M. Hausteiner, & U. Jensen (Eds.), Antike als Transformation: Konzepte zur Beschreibung kulturellen Wandels (pp. 179-195). Berlin [u.a.]: De Gruyter. doi:10.1515/9783110499261-012.

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Kräutli, F., & Valleriani, M. (2017). CorpusTracer: a CIDOC database for tracing knowledge networks. Digital Scholarship in the Humanities, 1-11. doi:10.1093/llc/fqx047.

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Schlünder, M. (2017). Pastorale: sheep traffic in modern trauma surgery. In K. Asdal, T. Druglitrø, & S. Hinchliffe (Eds.), Humans, animals and biopolitics: the more-than-human condition (pp. 85-100). London: Routledge.

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Time (and time again): temporality, criticality, and the historical imagination; a conversation with historian of science Lorraine Daston, interview by Andrew Yang [Special Issue]. (2017). Deep Time Chicago Pamphlet Series. Download

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Working Group Books

Working Group Books are an MPIWG specialty: volumes written by two or more authors which are the result of intensive collaboration, involving multiple working sessions in which drafts of the individual chapters are presented, discussed, and revised. Many MPIWG research projects publish their principal results in this form, in addition to books and articles by individual participating scholars. These Working Group Books are especially well suited to opening up new fields of research and to covering topics from a comparative perspective, both challenges that invite collective rather than individual scholarship. More