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Workshop "Manipulating the Sun: Picturing Astronomical Miracles from the Bible in the Early Modern Era"

Workshop at the Interdisciplinary Centre for Science and Technology Studies, Bergische Universität Wuppertal, Germany

August 21-22, 2019

As part of the DFG research project "Iconography of the Imagery on Early Modern Scientific Instruments", the workshop "Manipulating the Sun: Picturing Astronomical Miracles from the Bible in the Early Modern Era" will take place in Wuppertal from 21 to 22 August 2019.


Workshop „Deutsch-französische Wissenschaftsbeziehungen, 1930er bis 1950er Jahre"

On 17 and 18 January 2019 the workshop "Deutsch-französische Wissenschaftsbeziehungen, 1930er bis 1950er Jahre: das Beispiel Mathematik" will take place in Wuppertal.


New DFG Project in the History of Science

The DFG has approved the research project The Oberwolfach Research Institute for Mathematics, 1944 - 1963: From „National Institute for Mathematics“ to an international „social infrastructure for research“. It is performed by Volker Remmert in cooperation with the Oberwolfach Research Institute for Mathematics.


New member at the IZWT Jun.-Prof. Dr. Dania Achermann

From 01.10.2018 Mrs. Achermann is working as junior professor for History of Science and Technology at the Historisches Seminar in the field of Wissenschafts- und Technikgeschichte and is a member of the IZWT.


Prof. Dr. Gregor Schiemann was admitted to the Académie Internationale de Philosophie des Sciences (AIPS) as a full member. [press release]


Report from the LHC Summer School

There is a report from the LHC Summer School,  which took place from the 24. to the 30.07.2018.


New member at the IZWT

Prof. Dr. Sebastian Weber (Faculty of Mechanical Engineering and Safety Engineering, Chair of New Manufacturing Technologies and Materials) has become member of the IZWT. His research interests at the IZWT are in the field of technology research for sustainable development.


Forschungsschwerpunkt Geschichte der mathematischen Wissenschaften mit internationalen Gastwissenschaftlern im Juni und Juli 2018 am IZWT

Im Juni und Juli 2018 sind am IZWT Maarten Bullynck als Stipendiat der Humboldt-Stiftung, David E. Rowe als Gastprofessor und Eleonora Sammarchi als Stipendiatin des DAAD zu Gast. Alle werden ihre Forschungen im Rahmen von Vorträgen vorstellen (Kontakt: Prof. Dr. Remmert).


Dr. Eleonora Sammarchi (Paris) als DAAD-Stipendiatin am IZWT

Von März bis Juni 2018 ist Dr. Eleonora Sammarchi aus Paris als DAAD-Stipendiatin am IZWT tätig. Sie hat 2017 ihre mathematikhistorische Dissertation L’algèbre des polynômes: le Qisṭās al-muʻādala fī ʻilm al-jabr wa al-muqābala d’al-Zanjanī (XIIIe siècle) abgeschlossen, die aus Edition, Übersetzung und Kommentierung des algebraischen Buches von al-Zanjānī, eines persischen Mathematikers des 13. Jahrhunderts, besteht. Ihre Forschungsinteressen umfassen die Geschichte und Philosophie der Mathematik, insbesondere der arabischen Mathematik. Am IZWT bearbeitet sie ein begriffsgeschichtliches Projekt zur Entwicklung des Begriffs „Polynom“ vom 10. bis ins 17. Jahrhundert.


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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