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About the chair of History of the 20th century Science

Survivors of the atomic blast in Hiroshima left messages on the blackened walls of the Fukuromachi Primary School using small pieces of white chalk, hoping to find out their relatives.

The Chair of History of the 20th century Science, at the TU Berlin is part of the Institute of History and Philosophy of Science, Technology, and Literature. The main research focus is on the history of physical sciences of the 20th century and beyond. Scientific knowledge produced especially after the second half of the 20th century has been situated in a strongly political context. Politics and diplomacy have been historically linked not only to new geopolitical orders but also to the emergence of new structures of knowledge, concepts, scientific practices, and actors. We aim to analyze technoscience in historical and cultural context using diplomacy as a primary analytic concept. We are interested in topics ranging from the history of international scientific organizations to UN related international diplomatic and political institutions; from nuclear weapons to nuclear medicine; from health to space diplomacy; from the material culture of science to atomic heritage; from science advisors to science diplomats—to mention just a few.




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Technische Universitaet Berlin
Chair of History of the 20th century Science
sec. H 23
Office H 2532
Strasse des 17. Juni 135
10623 Berlin
+49 (0) 30 314-73815