Michael Scot and the Four Rainbows

Tony Scott

Abstract


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.

Keywords


Meteorology; Multiple rainbows; Optical dispersion; Middle-ages

Full Text:

PDF


DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.24117/2526-2270.2017.i2.18

Refbacks

  • There are currently no refbacks.


Copyright (c) 2017 Transversal: International Journal for the Historiography of Science



ISSN: 2526-2270


This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.