Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Edition Open Access: the Online Max Planck Research Library for the History and Development of Knowledge

 [First posted in AWOL 16 January 2015, updated 11 June 2019]


This website provides open access to the publications of the Max Planck Research Library for the History and Development of Knowledge, in accordance with the Berlin Declaration on Open Access to knowledge in the sciences and humanities, which was launched by the Max Planck Society in 2003. The aim is to disseminate the results of scholarly work – in accordance with the open-access paradigm – to a broad audience rapidly and at low cost. The volumes presented here are directed at scholars and students in a wide range of disciplines. The works are available online both as print-on-demand books and open-access publications and can be accessed, together with additional information.


Each volume of the Studies series is dedicated to a key subject in the history and development of knowledge, bringing together perspectives from different fields and combining source-based empirical research with theoretically guided approaches. The studies are typically working group volumes presenting integrative approaches to problems ranging from the globalization of knowledge to the nature of spatial thinking.

Studies 10

Studies in Multilingualism, Lingua Franca and Lingua Sacra

Jens Braarvig, Markham J. Geller

Studies in multilingualism, lingua franca and lingua sacra

Studies 9

Frühe Mikroskopie

Simon Rebohm

Mikroskopie im 17. Jh. als Verschränkung von Fragestellungen, Objekten, Methoden

Studies 8

Spatial Thinking and External Representation

Matthias Schemmel (ed.)

Results of the TOPOI working group on the historical epistemology of space

Studies 7


Christa Jungnickel, Russell McCormmach

Biography of the eighteenth-century English natural philosopher and chemist Henry Cavendish

Studies 6

Domus solaratae

Bernhard Flüge

Baugeschichtliche Grundlagen zur Erkundung des Hochmittelalters mit Beitrag zur Planungsgeschichte in Europa

Studies 5

Wissensgeschichte der Architektur

Jürgen Renn, Wilhelm Osthues, Hermann Schlimme (Hrsg.)

Wissensgeschichte der Architektur vom Mittelalter bis zur Frühen Neuzeit.

Studies 4

Wissensgeschichte der Architektur

Jürgen Renn, Wilhelm Osthues, Hermann Schlimme (Hrsg.)

Wissensgeschichte der Architektur vom Alten Ägypten bis zum Antiken Rom.

Studies 3

Wissensgeschichte der Architektur

Jürgen Renn, Wilhelm Osthues, Hermann Schlimme (Hrsg.)

Wissensgeschichte der Architektur vom Neolithikum bis zum Alten Orient.

Studies 2

Research and Pedagogy

Massimiliano Badino, Jaume Navarro (eds.)

This book addresses how new ideas in emerging quantum physics were introduced in textbooks.

Studies 1

The Globalization of Knowledge in History

Jürgen Renn (ed.)

The extent to which globalized knowledge also existed in the past is an open question and, moreover, a question that is important for understanding present processes of globalization.


Each volume of the Proceedings series presents the results of a scientific meeting on current issues and supports, at the same time, further cooperation on these issues by offering an electronic platform with further resources and the possibility for comments and interactions.

Proceedings 10

The Globalization of Knowledge in the Iberian Colonial World

Helge Wendt (ed.)

Knowledge of botany, medicine, religion and mining in the Spanish and Portuguese colonies

Proceedings 9

Wissen Macht Geschlecht

Birgit Kolboske (Hrsg.), Axel C. Hüntelmann (Hrsg.), Ina Heumann (Hrsg.), Susanne Heim (Hrsg.), Regina Fritz (Hrsg.) Roman Birke (Hrsg.)

Eine transnational vergleichende Auseinandersetzung mit drei zentralen Phänomenen des langen 20. Jahrhunderts: Wissen – Macht – Geschlecht.

Proceedings 8

Shifting Paradigms

Alexander Blum, Kostas Gavroglu, Christian Joas, Jürgen Renn (eds.)

Studies of the history of the history of science, with emphasis on the work of T.S. Kuhn.

Proceedings 7


Markham J. Geller (ed.)

The present Melammu volume extends from Greece to India, with articles on Phrygia and Armenia, also viewing texts from ancient Israel, Egypt, and Mesopotamia.

Proceedings 6

„Dem Anwenden muss das Erkennen vorausgehen“

Dieter Hoffmann, Birgit Kolboske, Jürgen Renn (Hrsg.)

Ansätze zu Selbstverständnis, Transformation und Forschung in der Geschichte der KWG/MPG.

Proceedings 5

Traditions and Transformations in the History of Quantum Physics

Shaul Katzir, Christoph Lehner, Jürgen Renn (eds.)

Studies on the history of theory, experimentation, and interpretation of quantum physics.

Proceedings 4

Guidobaldo del Monte (1545–1607)

Antonio Becchi, Domenico Bertoloni Meli, Enrico Gamba (eds.)

This volume describes the wide-ranging activities of Guidobaldo del Monte.

Proceedings 3

New Vistas on Old Problems

Tilman Sauer, Adrian Wüthrich (eds.)

Recent approaches to long-standing questions about the foundations of quantum mechanics.

Proceedings 2

Catalysis for the Conversion of Biomass and Its Derivatives

Malte Behrens, Abhaya K. Datye (eds.)

The book focuses on chemical aspects, such as catalyst development product analysis or reaction engineering, but also seeks a wider perspective and convers related issues like bioeconomics and plant growth.

Proceedings 1

Herausforderung Energie

Jürgen Renn, Robert Schlögl, Hans-Peter Zenner (Hrsg)

Die Atomdiskussion des Jahres 2011 berührt vielschichtige Aspekte der Energieversorgung. Das Buch bietet dazu aus der Sicht unterschiedlicher Fachdisziplinen aktuell Informationen und Hintergründe in allgemein verständlicher Form.


Each volume of the Textbooks series presents concise and synthetic information on a wide range of current research topics, both introductory and advanced. They use the new publication channel to offer students affordable access to highlevel scientific and scholarly overviews. The textbooks are prepared and updated by experts in the relevant fields and supplemented by additional online materials.

Textbooks 2

Algebra in Cuneiform

Jens Høyrup

An introduction to so-called “Babylonian algebra” that explains its geometrical foundation.

Textbooks 1

Non-Isothermal Kinetic Methods

Igor V. Arhangel`skii, Alexander V. Dunaev, Irina V. Makarenko, Nikolay. A. Tikhonov, Andrey V. Tarasov


See AWOL's Alphabetical List of Open Access Monograph Series in Ancient Studies

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