Max Planck Institute for the History of Science (Max-Planck-Institut für Wissenschaftsgeschichte, MPIWG)

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Institution Max Planck Institute for the History of Science (MPIWG)
Location Berlin
Topics Culture, science, history of science
Orientation Research on structural changes of scientific systems, history of ideals and practices of rationality, experimental systems and spaces of knowledge
Establishment 1994

Copyright: MPIWGThe main focus of research of the MPIWG lies on the centuries of interaction between the science and its surrounding cultures with respect to the question as to how new categories of thinking, proving and experience developed within this correlation. They extend over varied disciplines from Babylonian mathematics to today's genetics, from natural history of the Renaissance to the beginnings of quantum mechanics. Scientists from all around the globe work at the MPIWG. They represent a broad range of different disciplines. The MPIWG cooperates with natural scientists, art and architecture historians, legal experts, archaeologists and museum curators.
The Max Planck Institute for the History of Science has three permanent research departments, each administered by one director. These include “Structural changes in systems of knowledge”, “Ideals and practices of rationality” and “Experimental systems and spaces of knowledge”. In addition, there presently are four autonomous junior research groups on different topics with a 5-year term as well as an MPG Minerva research group and a research group in the context of the "TOPOI" excellence cluster.
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