Max Planck Institute for the History of Science

The Max Planck Institute for the History of Science (German: Max-Planck-Institut für Wissenschaftsgeschichte) is a scientific research institute founded in March 1994.[1] It is dedicated to addressing fundamental questions of the history of knowledge from the Neolithic era to the present day, and its researchers pursue a historical epistemology in their study of how new categories of thought, proof, and experience have emerged in interactions between the sciences and their ambient cultures.[2]

Max Planck Institute for the History of Science
Max-Planck-Institut für Wissenschaftsgeschichte
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AbbreviationMPIWG
FormationMarch 1994; 27 years ago (1994-03)
TypeScientific research institute
Location
Executive director
Dagmar Schäfer
Directors
Jürgen Renn and Dagmar Schäfer
Key people
Lorraine Daston and Jürgen Renn, founding directors
Parent organization
Max Planck Society
Websitewww.mpiwg-berlin.mpg.de

OrganizationEdit

The MPIWG comprises two departments and several independent research groups.[3] The departments are:

Hans-Jörg Rheinberger, who headed Department III from 1995 to 2014, and Lorraine Daston, who headed Department II from 1995 to 2019, remain at the MPIWG as emerita.


The Research Groups are:

  • "China in the Global System of Science," led by Anna L. Ahlers
  • "Historical Epistemology of the Final Theory Program," led by Alexander Blum
  • "Experience in the Premodern Sciences of Soul & Body ca. 800–1650," led by Katja Krause


In addition are groups and programs focusing on:

  • Research IT and Digital Humanities
  • Computational History of Science
  • History of the Max Planck Society


The Institute also comprises doctoral students, and research and teaching cooperations with other institutions worldwide.

ReferenceEdit

  1. ^ "First Annual Report 1994". Max Planck Institute for the History of Science. Retrieved 16 June 2020.
  2. ^ "About the Institute". Max Planck Institute for the History of Science. Retrieved 16 June 2020.
  3. ^ "Research". Max Planck Institute for the History of Science. Retrieved 16 June 2020.