Free IOP talk by Professor Tom McLeish FRS
Few histories of science give adequate recognition to the ‘medieval enlightenment’ of the 12th and 13th centuries which saw the rediscovery and translation of much of Aristotle’s natural philosophy in Europe. Focussing on the works of one of the major thinkers of the period, Robert Grosseteste, we consider his contribution to the science of light, colour, the rainbow, sound and the cosmos.
The AHRC-funded Ordered Universe project has brought scientists and humanities scholars together in this task, and resulted in the inspiration of new science today. The setting of medieval thought also challenges some of the invisible assumptions we tend to make today about the relationship of science and religion.
*Free tea, coffee and biscuits from 6:30pm
**Multi-storey car park at the University of Leeds is open to the general public after 5pm. Up to two hours costs £2.