Cookies

We use cookies to ensure that we give you the best experience on our website. You can change your cookie settings at any time. Otherwise, we'll assume you're OK to continue.

Institute of Advanced Study

Past Events

IAS Fellow's Public Lecture - Medieval and Modern Explorations of Human Colour Perception

24th January 2017, 17:30 to 18:30, Joachim Room, College of St Hild & St Bede, Professor Hannah Smithson, University of Oxford


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 further information on the Ordered Universe Project see: ordered-universe.com

This lecture is free and open to all.


Details about Professor Hannah Smithson

Directions to Joachim Room, College of St Hild & St Bede

Map - College of St Hild & St Bede is denoted as building No. 30


Contact enquiries.ias@durham.ac.uk for more information about this event.