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Max-Planck-Institut für Wissenschaftsgechichte /Max Planck Institute of the History of Science (Berlin)

http://www.mpiwg-berlin.mpg.de/en/index.html

What is the MPIWG?

The MPIWG in Berlin is one of eighty research institutes in the natural sciences, social sciences, and humanities administered by the Max Planck Society. It was established in 1994 as an international research center for the history of science in Germany.


What are our research interests?

Researchers at the MPIWG investigate how new categories of thought, proof, and experience have emerged in the centuries-long interaction between the sciences and their ambient cultures. The specific research projects span several millennia: cultures north, south, east, and west: and numerous scientific disciplines, ranging from the origins of counting systems in Mesopotamia to today’s postgenomics, from Renaissance natural history to the early days of quantum mechanics. Exemplary research questions include: How did the fundamental scientific concepts (e.g., number, force, heredity, probability) and practices (e.g., experiment, proof, classification) develop in specific historical contexts? And in what ways did local knowledge, originally devised to solve specific problems, become universalized? These questions form the basis of a theoretically oriented history of science which studies scientific thinking and knowledge acquisition in their historical development.


Who works at the MPIWG?

Researchers at the MPIWG come from every continent and a wide spectrum of scientific and scholarly backgrounds. The MPIWG is involved in collaborations with scientists, historians of art and architecture, jurists, archaeologists, and museum curators.

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