Michael Scot and the Four Rainbows

Transversal International Journal for the Historiography of Science

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ISSN: 2526-2270
Editor Chefe: Mauro Lúcio Leitão Condé
Início Publicação: 30/11/2016
Periodicidade: Semestral
Área de Estudo: História

Michael Scot and the Four Rainbows

Ano: 2017 | Volume: 0 | Número: 2
Autores: Tony Scott
Autor Correspondente: Tony Scott | [email protected]

Palavras-chave: Meteorology, Multiple rainbows, Optical dispersion, Middle-ages

Resumos Cadastrados

Resumo Inglês:

We apply a physical and historical analysis to a passage by the medieval scholar Michael Scot concerning multiple rainbows, a meteorological phenomenon whose existence has only been acknowledged in recent history. We survey various types of physical models to best decipher Scot’s description of four parallel rainbows as well as a linguistic analysis of Scot’s special etymology. The conclusions have implications on Scot’s whereabouts at the turn of the 13th century.