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


Research Scholar Roberto Lalli interviewed for National Institute of Astrophysics on the EPJH special issue "The Renaissance of Einstein's Theory of Gravitation.”

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Call for Papers for conference "Shifting Baselines, Altered Horizons: Politics, Practice, and Knowledge in Environmental Science and Policy,” June 21–22,  2018. Deadline September 30, 2017.

New Articles and Preprints

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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