Tea Time with Bacon

Programme and Readings

19 February 2021, 4 pm CET – Reform of sciences

Nikolaus Egel, Roger Bacon’s Reform of the Sciences

Chaired by Nicola Polloni (KU Leuven)

Suggested reading
Roger Bacon, Letter to Pope Clement IV (download Latin/English)


19 March 2021, 4 pm CET – Division of sciences

Alexander Fidora, The Division of the Sciences in Opus Maius IV, 1, 2: Notes on Bacon’s Sources and Their Transformation

Chaired by Dominic Dold (MPIWG and TU Berlin)

Suggested reading
Opus maius, pt. IV, dist. 1, ch. 2 (download Latin/English)


9 April 2021, 3 pm CEST (instead of 4 pm) – Optics

Nader El-Bizri, On Vision: Roger Bacon’s Opus maius (V.1-2) in light of Alhazen’s Optics (I-II)

Chaired by Lukaš Lička (Akademie věd České republiky)

Suggested reading
Opus maius, pt. V, dist. 1-2 (download Latin/English)

Zoom link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82699900550?pwd=V1l1d0l6SHRUQkRYWkhteHhmdFNVUT09


6 May 2021, 4 pm CEST – Astronomy

Philipp Nothaft, Roger Bacon and Giles of Lessines

Chaired by Cecilia Panti (Università di Roma “Tor Vergata”)

Suggested reading
Opus maius, TBD

Zoom link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83232537828?pwd=Yksvb2Z2N1hKTnZ4clhhVWx3VDZTdz09


18 June 2021, 4 pm CEST – Astrology

Darrel Rutkin, Roger Bacon and Astrology: The ‘Unnamed Master’ Revisited

Suggested reading
Opus maius, TBD

Zoom link: TBD


16 July 2021, 4 pm CEST – Science of weights

Yael Kedar, TBD

Chaired by Giora Hon (University of Haifa)

Suggested reading
Opus maius, pt. IV, dist. 4, ch. 16-17 (download Latin/English)

Zoom link: TBD


17 September 2021, 4 pm CEST – Arithmetic

Aurélien Robert, TBD

Chaired by Clelia Crialesi (Università di Roma “Tor Vergata”)

Suggested reading
Opus maius, TBD

Zoom link: TBD


8 October 2021, 4 pm CEST – Alchemy

William Newman, TBD

Chaired by Meagan Allen (Indiana University Bloomington)

Suggested reading
Opus maius, pt. VI, pr. 2, ex. 3 (download Latin/English)

Zoom link: TBD


12 November 2021, 4 pm CET – Medicine

Meagan Allen, Pharmacology and the Prolongatio Vitae in the Works of Roger Bacon

Suggested reading
Opus maius, pt. VI, pr. 2, ex. 2 (download Latin/English)

Zoom link: TBD


9 December 2021, 4 pm CET – Magic

Brend-Christian Otto, TBD

Chaired by Yael Kedar (Tel Hai College)

Suggested reading
Opus maius pt. III, ch. 14 and pt. IV, pp. 390-403 (download Latin/English)

Zoom link: TBD


21 January 2022, 4 pm CET – Experimental science

Jeremiah Hackett, TBD

Chaired by Katja Krause (MPIWG and TU Berlin)

Suggested reading
Opus maius, pt. VI, ch. 1-2 (download Latin/English)

Zoom link: TBD