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Dr. Eleonora Sammarchi (Paris) as a DDAD scholarship holder at the IZWT

From March to June 2018, Dr. Eleonora Sammarchi from Paris is working as a DAAD scholarship holder at the IZWT. She completed her dissertation in history of mathematics, L’algèbre des polynômes: le Qisṭās al-muʻādala fī ʻilm al-jabr wa al-muqābala d’al-Zanjanī (XIIIe siècle) which includes edition, translation and commentary of the algebraic book by al-Zanjānī, a Persian mathematician of the 13th century. Her research interests include the history and philosophy of mathematics, especially Arabic mathematics. At the IZWT she is working on a project on the development of the term "polynomial" from the 10th to the 17th century.


Neues DFG-Projekt in der Wissenschaftsgeschichte

Die DFG hat das Forschungsvorhaben "Ikonographie auf wissenschaftlichen Instrumenten der Frühen Neuzeit" bewilligt. Es wird von Volker Remmert in Kooperation mit dem Mathematisch-Physikalischen-Salon in Dresden, dem Astronomisch-Physikalischen Kabinett in Kassel und dem Museum of the History of Science in Oxford durchgeführt.


new assistent professor

With the begining of winter term 2017/18 Dr. Radin Dardashti has become an assistent professor with focus on philosophy of physics for the section of philosophy and the IZWT. He starts with two courses.


Volker Remmert has been elected for the periode 2017-2021 as a member of the Executive Committee of the International Commission for the History of Mathematics (ICHM).


New articles in the 'BUW Output' magazin

In the recent issue of the research magazin 'Output' an article about history of science from Volker Remmert and Anita Scholz is published, as well as one about philosophy of science from Gregor Schiemann.


Interdisciplinary Project

Continuity and Change in Science and Technology from 1800 - an Interdisciplinary Perspective

(Prof. Dr. Remmert, Prof. Dr. Schiemann, Prof. Dr. Weber, Prof. Dr. Heinze, Prof. Dr. Volkert)



New Research Unit “The Epistemology of the Large Hadron Collider" funded by the German Research Foundation DFG

The German Research Foundation DFG will fund a new Research Unit whose aim it is to investigate the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) at CERN from an integrated philosophical, historical and sociological perspective, in close collaboration with theoretical and experimental particle physicists. The overall funding volume will be 2.5 million euros for an initial three years, with the possibility to extend the project for another three years. Under the common perspective of unification, foundational change, and complexity, the Research Unit’s six projects will investigate (i) the formation and development of the concept of virtual particles, (ii) the hierarchy, fine tuning, and naturalness problems, (iii) the relationship between the LHC and gravity, (iv) the impact of computer simulations on the epistemic status of LHC data, (v) model building and dynamics, and (vi) the strategies of producing novelty and securing credibility at LHC.

The collaboration’s center will be the University of Wuppertal in Germany with philosopher of science Gregor Schiemann as spokesperson; the Principal Investigators of the six interconnected projects are Robert Harlander (Physics, RWTH Aachen), Rafaela Hillerbrand (Philosophy, KIT Karlsruhe), Michael Krämer (Physics, RWTH Aachen), Dennis Lehmkuhl (History and Philosophy of Science, Caltech), Peter Mättig (Physics, Wuppertal), Martina Merz (Science Studies, AAU Klagenfurt), Gregor Schiemann (Philosophy, Wuppertal), Erhard Scholz (Mathematics, Wuppertal), Friedrich Steinle (History of Science, TU Berlin), Michael Stöltzner (Philosophy, University of South Carolina), Adrian Wüthrich (History of Science, TU Berlin) and Christian Zeitnitz (Physics, Wuppertal).

For earlier results of the group, see A number of postdoctoral and PhD fellowships will be advertised in due course.  

Press report:
Large Hadron Collider aus philosophischer, historischer und soziologischer Sicht:DFG-Forschergruppe nimmt Arbeit auf



Kombi M.A. Geistes- Kulturwissenschaften mit dem Teilstudiengand Wissenschafts- und Technikgeschichte

Neues Studienangebot Wissenschafts- und Technikgeschichte am Historischen Seminar der Bergischen Universität Wuppertal ab WS 2016/2017

All further information can be found here.

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