The metaphor, metaphysics and music of light in medieval and modern thought

Tom McLeish*

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I would like to explore a question that, at first, seems to bear in no way on the metaphor or reality of lighthouses, but one that worries me whenever I hear science talked about publicly. The illumination of and by light will emerge. I am increasingly troubled that science is not more like music. The sense of comparison is their cultural settings - music is universally ‘possessed’ in a way that science is not. Why, in this sense, is science songless? And how can it become symphonic?.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationFrom the Lighthouse
Subtitle of host publicationInterdisciplinary Reflections on Light
PublisherTaylor & Francis
Number of pages5
ISBN (Electronic)9781317131625
ISBN (Print)9781472477354
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2018

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