The bridge (Wilhelm Ostwald)

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An institution founded in 1911 by Karl Wilhelm Bührer and Adolf Saager , which was largely supported by Nobel laureate Wilhelm Ostwald , called itself Die Brücke ( International Institute for the Organization of Intellectual Work Die Brücke ) . The bridge was supposed to introduce practical measures in order to cope theoretically and organizationally with problems of the internationalization of the sciences. In addition, Ostwald secured the collaboration of famous contemporaries such as William Mitchell Ramsay , Rudolf Diesel , Selma Lagerlöf , Marie Curie , Ernest Rutherford , JWS Rayleigh and Georg Kerschensteiner . The plan was to set up a museum that would “clearly unite everything that has been created, conceived and tried out in all areas of human activity in order to promote and facilitate intellectual work.” Among other things, the Dewey decimal classification and Index cards . However, as early as 1913, Die Brücke was dissolved and liquidated. The ambitious project failed, among other things, because of its chairman Karl Wilhelm Bührer, who got caught in minor matters.

Web links


  • Markus Krajewski : Complete absence. World projects around 1900 . Fischer Taschenbuch Verlag, Frankfurt am Main, 2006, pp. 64–140.
  • Markus Krajewski: Complete absence. Wilhelm Ostwald's world formations . in: Hedwig Pompe and Leander Scholz (eds.), Archive Processes - The Communication of Storage (Mediology, Volume 5), DuMont Literature and Art Publishing, Cologne, 2002, pp. 173–185.
  • Rolf Sachsse : The brain of the world: 1912 . In: Telepolis of November 19, 1998
  • Wilhelm Ostwald: color systems / the brain of the world . Peter Weibel and Rolf Sachsse (eds.) Published by Hatje Cantz

Individual evidence

  1. ^ Regine Zott: About Wilhelm Ostwald's scientific-historical contributions to the problem of scientific creativity. In: Wilhelm Ostwald: To the history of science. Four manuscripts from the estate . 2nd edition, Frankfurt a. M. 1999, p. 34.