Research report 2005 - Max Planck Institute for the History of Science
Toward a cultural history of heredity
Müller-Wille, Staffan; Rheinberger, Hans-Jörg
Experimental Systems and Spaces of Knowledge, Max-Planck-Institut für Wissenschaftsgeschichte, Berlin
SummaryThe Max Planck Institute for the History of Science carries out a long-term project on the cultural history of heredity. The project deals with the different constellations in which the discourse of heredity took shape from the early modern period to the late twentieth century. It looks closely at and correlates the cultural – agricultural, technical, legal, medical and scientific – practices in which the knowledge of inheritance was materially anchored and in which it gradually revealed its effects.