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

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Title of host publicationFrom the Lighthouse
DatePublished - 1 Jan 2018
Number of pages5
PublisherTaylor and Francis Group
Original languageEnglish
ISBN (Electronic)9781317131625
ISBN (Print)9781472477354


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?.

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