The penultimate symposium of the Ordered Universe Project took place two weeks ago. Here’s a short report:
The Ordered Universe team met in Oxford to work on the forthcoming editions and translations of Robert Grosseteste’s treatises: De colore, De impressionibus elementorum, De iride, De lineis, and De natura locorum. The texts were a joy to read in both their original Latin and their modern English translations – from the extraordinary brevity of the De colore where Grosseteste casually sets out his model of a 3D colour space, to the De iride in which he used the application of the principles of reflection and refraction to propose the mechanisms by which rainbows are formed. Reading the De iride in particular, where Grosseteste draws heavily on the scientific works of other authors including Aristotle, we found that this was one of the texts where we could most clearly hear Grosseteste’s own authorial voice and pedagogical style alongside his paraphrases of the work of other scientists.
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We look forward to the final symposium in January, 2020.