Public lecture (Durham): “Medieval and Modern Explorations of Human Colour Perception” (Jan. 24)

This isn’t quite logic, but rather metaphysics, epistemology, and perception, but considering the audience of this blog, we figured some here might be interested in the following talk happening next week:
“Medieval and Modern Explorations of Human Colour Perception”

Dr. Hannah Smithson

Abstract: Can science today learn from thirteenth century literature? An interdisciplinary team of physicists, medievalists, Latin scholars and historians of science has embarked on a rich encounter with the great medieval English thinker Robert Grosseteste (1175-1253). The team presents Grosseteste’s treatise the De colore (On colour), to reveal and explore the three-dimensional space within which he characterises colour. His later treatise the De iride (On the rainbow) revisits his theory of colour generation, but with surprising results when seen from modern perspectives. By using medieval studies and modern colour science, the treatises can be interpreted in new, stimulating and more complete ways. Almost 800 years after their inception, Grosseteste’s writings prompt us to explore a new coordinate system for colour.

For more information see here.

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