Luhmanns Zettelkasten

Niklas Luhmann and his famous tool

Niklas Luhmann was a German sociologist. He was born in 1927 and died in 1998. He was a scientist with an immense track record of publications. He published about 70 books and more than 400 articles. []

One of his tools was a Zettelkasten. Where Zettel is the German word for index card / paper slip and Kasten is the German word for box. Actually his Zettelkasten was a file cabinet with 90.000 index cards, which he made from normal sheets of paper to be able to fit all of these index cards into his file cabinet.

There is a website where the Zettelkasten can be explored in a digital form. Goto: to get an impression of the content of the Zettelkasten. 

He use this Zettelkasten as a tool for productive and creative writing. I will work with this system and create my own tools to handle this system as part of MoK. I will post about what I find out along the way.


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