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Durham University

Institute of Medieval and Early Modern Studies (IMEMS)

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Launch Event 'Dimensions of Colour: Robert Grosseteste's De colore in multi-disciplinary perspective'

24th May 2013, 17:15 to 19:30, University College, Durham Castle, Palace Green, Durham

The Institute of Medieval and Early Modern Studies takes great pleasure in inviting you to a launch party for its various publications over the last year, including the most recent, the 'Dimensions of Colour: Robert Grosseteste's De colore in multi-disciplinary perspective':

Robert Grosseteste’s treatise De colore, dated to c.1225  is presented here in an authoritative new critical edition, with translation, commentary on its context, and a functional analysis from the perspective of modern science.

The volume emanates from a series of interdisciplinary meetings, involving medieval specialists (from his-tory, literary studies, history of philosophy, and palaeography) and modern scientists (from psychology and physics). This unique combination of insights allows new and deeper appreciation of Grosseteste’s treatise and the significance of his methods and observations. Grosseteste builds a coherent mathematical model in his exploration of what colour is and how it is to be described. What he articulates is a three-dimensional model for the operation of colour, depending on three factors, the amount of light, its quality, and the quality of the medium in which light is incorporated. The importance of the De colore within Grosseteste’s scientific canon can be better established as a result of these investigations, as well as the enduring sense of the richness of the encounter between medieval and modern science. 

If you are able to attend this event, please confirm your attendance to Emma Humble at or 0191 334 9138 by Monday 20 May 2013.

Please note that numbers are limited and space will be available on a first come, first served basis.

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