Research Topic Archive
In his research project, historian of science Lino Camprubí analyzes how anti-submarine surveillance reunited geopolitics and ocean science during the Cold War, enabling new global visions of the Mediterranean Sea.Read more
In her ongoing research project, Tina Asmussen explores the sociomaterial dimensions of early modern mining through addressing mutual processes of appropriation, attribution, and valuation.Read more
In his ongoing book project, Joeri Bruyninckx studies how scientists collaborated with musicians and broadcasters to record birdsong.Read more
In one of her ongoing projects, historian of science Joyce van Leeuwen investigates the history of the Quaestiones Mechanicae.Read more
Historians of Science at Department I of the MPIWG research the reinvention of Einstein’s Theory in the Post-War Era.Read more
A new junior research group at TOPOI, led by historian of science Jochen Büttner, will study the relationship between practical and theoretical knowledge in antiquity.Read more
The Max Planck Research Group Twentieth Century Histories of Knowledge about Human Variation, directed by Veronika Lipphardt, has invited Katrin von Lehmann as an artist-in-residence to contemplate the role of visualizations in the study of human variation.Read more
In a new project, historian of science Elaine Leong studies hundreds of medical notebooks in order to understand home-based knowledge and practices in the scientific world of early modern England.Read more
Historian of science Matteo Valleriani has published a new edition of Nova scientia by the mathematician Nicolò Tartaglia that sheds new light on the emergence of ballistics as consequence of technological innovations around 1500.Read more
A recently published volume, edited by MPIWG director Jürgen Renn and available online, elucidates the processes of the globalization of knowledge in terms of historical-epistemological concepts.Read more
A new working group is challenging the taken-for-granted nature of endangerment in contemporary discourse by placing it in conceptual and historical perspective and exploring the situated, culturally and historically specific character of the imperative to preserve nature and culture.Read more
Published in Edition Open Access, a new volume by Jürgen Renn and Peter Damerow sheds fresh light on a major Renaissance controversy: through the equilibrium controversy, key aspects of mechanical knowledge, such as the positional effect of weight or force, were redefined and laid the foundation for concepts in modern physics.Read more
By developing new methods to organize and analyze historical data, in particular the geographical analytical tool “map Places In Time” (mapPIT), Dagmar Schäfer and Falk-Juri Knauft examine and write about how the design and perception of space have changed historically and what impact this change has had on scientific and technical thought.Read more
The new Max Planck research group director Vincenzo De Risi is studying the development of a new concept of geometry in the eighteenth century.Read more
A new database developed by Wolfgang Lefèvre renders the explicit and implicit networks of concepts in Kant’s natural philosophy.Read more
Nicolas Langlitz’s anthropological investigation of brain research and philosophy in the sleep laboratory shows how philosophical questions that scholars have wrestled with for centuries are addressed in novel ways through laboratory experiments.Read more
By studying the German physiologist and psychologist Hugo Münsterberg’s late-nineteenth- and early-twentieth-century laboratories in Freiburg and at Harvard University, Henning Schmidgen shows how new instruments encourage the emergence of new scientific facts.Read more
The international Max Planck research network “History of Scientific Objects” aims to rediscover historical objects as a source for the history of science.Read more
Research Topic 13: "Courting the Crafts in Qing China" by Dagmar Schäfer in Chinese.
Research Topic 15: "The Uncertain Boundaries Between Light and Matter" by Marta Jordi Taltavull in Spanish and in Catalan.
Research Topic 16: Johann Lambert’s "Conversion to a Geometry of Space" by Vincenzo De Risi in Italian.
Research Topic 19: “Let Him Reconquer Language” by Sabine Arnaud in French.
Research Topic 22: "Art and Knowledge in Pre-Modern Europe" by Sven Dupré in Dutch.