23.01.24 24.01.24

Multidisciplinary approaches to the history of chemistry

Chemistry shapes and creates the disposition of the world's resources and exponentially provides new substances for the welfare and hazard of our civilisation. Therefore, understanding the knowledge processes associated to this material production is central for chemistry and society at large. This two-day conference aims at bringing together specialists from various disciplines to present and discuss their perspectives to analyse the evolution of chemistry. They include chemists, computer scientists, historians, linguists, mathematicians, physicists and sociologists.


09:45 - 10:00
10:00 - 10:15 Jürgen Jost (Max Planck Institute for Mathematics in the Sciences, Leipzig, Germany)
10:15 - 11:00 Michael Gordin (Princeton University, USA)
Superheavies after the Superpowers
11:00 - 11:45 Nathan Brooks (New Mexico State University, USA)
Some Approaches to the Social and Institutional History of Chemistry in Imperial Russia and the Early Soviet Union
11:45 - 12:15
12:15 - 13:00 Guillermo Restrepo (Max Planck Institute for Mathematics in the Sciences, Leipzig, Germany)
Computational history of chemistry: challenges and achievements
13:00 - 14:00
14:00 - 14:45 Alvaro Diaz-Ruelas (Max Planck Institute for Mathematics in the Sciences, Germany)
The social dimension of the chemical space
14:45 - 15:30 Robin Hendry (Durham University, United Kingdom)
The Metaphysics in Chemistry
15:30 - 16:00
16:00 - 16:45 Stefania Degaetano-Ortlieb (Saarland University, Germany)
Evolutionary Linguistics in Scientific Articles: A Study of Linguistic Development and Optimization in Scholarly Discourse
16:45 - 17:30 Malte Vogl (Max Planck Institute of Geoanthropology, Germany)
Of networks and infections: simulations and modeling in historical research
17:30 - 18:15 Matteo Valleriani (Max Planck Institute for the History of Science / Technische Universität Berlin / Tel Aviv University , Germany)
The Relation between Micro and Macro History
19:00 - 00:00
08:45 - 09:00
09:00 - 09:45 Jeffrey Allan Johnson (Villanova University, USA)
Private enterprise and the expansion of the chemical space, 1870-1939. A framework for comparative analysis
09:45 - 10:30 Robin Haunschild (Max Planck Institute for Solid State Research, Germany)
Empirical analysis of recent temporal dynamics of research fields: Annual publications in chemistry and related areas as an example
10:30 - 11:00
11:00 - 11:45 Angel Garcia-Chung (Tecnologico de Monterrey, Mexico)
How random has been the historical expansion of the chemical space?
11:45 - 12:30 Duc Luu (Max Planck Institute for Mathematics in the Sciences, Germany)
Chemical data as stochastic processes
12:30 - 13:30
13:30 - 14:15 Philip Ball (Freelance, United Kingdom)
From chemistry to biology: where does the information go?
14:15 - 15:00 Marisol Bermúdez-Montaña (Tecnológico de Monterrey, Mexico)
Between politics and research, the recent story of rare-earth chemistry
15:00 - 15:30
15:30 - 16:15 Gisela Boeck (Gesellschaft Deutscher Chemiker, Germany)
The Germanium Story
16:15 - 17:00

Scientific Organizer

Guillermo Restrepo

Max Planck Institute for Mathematics in the Sciences

Administrative Contact

Antje Vandenberg

Max Planck Institute for Mathematics in the Sciences Contact via Mail