History of Science at LMU´s History Department
History of Science is a field of study at the crossroads of the sciences and the hu-
manities. It asks questions about the cultural context/environment of science, tra-
ces changes in knowledge when transferred from one context into another and
investigates the interplay between science on the one hand and politics, ideology
or society on the other.
In Munich the history of different scientific disciplines and epochs is being investigated
and taught, ranging from the Early Modern Period to the late Twentieth Century and
from scientific practices of discovery to the linkage of science and ideology. Some key
areas of research are the methodology of science, its inner dynamics and practices
as well as the resulting epistemic categories and convictions.
The sister-disciplines of the History of Science, namely the History of Technology and
the History of Medicine, are represented not only at the LMU itself, but also at the
Technical University of Munich (TUM), the Universität der Bundeswehr (University
of the Armed Forces) and at the research section of the Deutsches Museum
(German Museum of Masterpieces of Science and Technology). In 1997, all these
institutions combined founded the Münchner Zentrum für Wissenschafts- und Technik-
geschichte (Munich Center for the History of Science and Technology).
Institut für Zeitgeschichte
(Institute for Contemporary History)
Münchner Zentrum für Wissenschafts- und Technikgeschichte
(Munich Center for the History of Science and Technology)
Rachel Carson Center for Environment and Society