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


The MPIWG mourns the loss of the historian Rüdiger vom Bruch, 20 June 2017.

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

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New Articles and Preprints

Omodeo, P. D. (2017). Laukhards Dissertation über Giordano Bruno im Kontext der frühneuzeitlichen Bruno-Rezeption. In G. Naschert (Ed.), Friedrich Christian Laukhard (1757-1822): Schriftsteller, Radikalaufklärer und gelehrter Soldat (pp. 39-68). Paderborn: Schöningh.

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Bonah, C., & Schmaltz, F. (2017). From witness to indictee: Eugen Haagen and his court hearings from the Nuremberg Medical Trial (1946-47) to the Struthof Medical Trails (1952-54). In P. Weindling (Ed.), From clinic to concentration camp: reassessing nazi medical and racial research, 1933-1945 (pp. 293-315). London: Routledge.

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