Through a Glass Darkly

Through a Glass Darkly is a collaboration with the University of Sunderland, National Glass Centre. The project focuses on the medieval Bishop Grosseteste's treatises De Colore and De Iride. De Colore explores the medieval notion of colour as 'light embodied in a diaphenous medium', while De Iride focuses on how rainbows are formed with respect to the passage of light through individual droplets of water. Members of the Ordered Universe will be working with Dr Cate Watkinson and Dr Colin Rennie, of the Department of Glass and Ceramics, and their undergraduate and postgraduate students. A film of the project, titled 'Through a Glass Darkly', will be made by film-maker Alan Fentiman.

Through a Glass Darkly is part of the Ordered Universe Project first came to my attention at a lecture I attended at the Royal Society titled 'The 13th Century Theory of Everything'. The project is a multidisciplinary project headed by Dr Giles Gasper and Professor Tom McLeish of Durham University, investigating medieval science through the scientific works of English thinker Robert Grossesteste (c.1170-1253). To find out more about the overall project click here.