Friday, March 2, 6:15-7:30 pm
Rienk Vermij, «Aristotelian Meteorology: Fire Dragons, Blood Rains, and Comets»
Professor, History of Science, University of Oklahoma
One of the standard texts at medieval universities was Aristotle's Meteorology, which provided explanations for phenomena such as rain, dew, comets, and earthquakes. Medieval philosophers applied these theories to phenomena such as blood rains, will-o'-the-wisps, and fire dragons as well (none of them mentioned by Aristotle), taking away the ominous meaning of such phenomena and explaining them in a purely natural way.
Medieval Fair Free Lecture Series cosponsored by the OU Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies
Come learn more about the middle ages just for the fun of learning! No papers, no tests, just interesting information about life long ago.