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


“Modell für mehr Miteinander”—Article by Max Planck Society explores the Convivencia projects by MPIWG and Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology.

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Jürgen Renn and Jochen Büttner contribute to “Das Wissen der Antike,” the most recent Spektrum special issue, in collaboration with Excellenzcluster Topoi.

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New Articles and Preprints

Sepkoski, D. (2017). The database before the computer? Osiris, 32, 175-201. doi:10.1086/693991.

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Omodeo, P. D. (2017). Lodewijk de Bils' and Tobias Andreae's Cartesian bodies: embalmment experiments, medical controversies and mechanical philosophy. Early Science and Medicine, 22(4), 301-332. doi:10.1163/15733823-00224P02. View

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