Max Planck Institute for the History of Science

Research publications

You can find more research publications messages on the website of the Institute:

Research publications 2017

A rapid transition of the world’s energy systems

December 01, 2017

Jürgen Renn, Robert Schlögl, Christoph Rosol and Benjamin Steininger present a research initiative of the Max Planck Society on socio-technical aspects of energy transformation. [more]


The inconstant level of the sea

August 09, 2017

Sea level – the geographical reference point and indicator of climate change – is a surprisingly variable parameter [more]

Research publications 2015

“Light also has a cultural history”

May 27, 2015

Interview with Jürgen Renn and Matthias Schemmel from the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science about a phenomenon which is both familiar and mysterious [more]

Research publications 2014

Is bigger better?

October 20, 2014

Large-scale technology projects – and their dramatic effects – highlight the role size and scale play in our understanding of the world that surrounds us [more]


How the lotus got its own administration

October 20, 2014

Chinese history shows us that major projects depend many small decisions. This sheds new light on the central role of planning for worlds of knowledge - and the dramatic effects that may result from such activities. [more]


Talking silk

October 20, 2014

What labels on textiles can tell us about society [more]

Research publications 2012

The fermented cereal beverage of the Sumerians may not have been beer

January 17, 2012

4000-year-old cuneiform writings from Mesopotamia tell us little about the brewing techniques used at the time [more]

Research publications 2006

Anatomy of a Scientific Revolution

July 28, 2006

Scientists from the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science publish the most comprehensive study yet on the structure of a scientific revolution [more]

Go to Editor View