Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss medieval English scholar Roger Bacon, an early pioneer of science who became known as Doctor Mirabilis.
The 13th-century English philosopher Roger Bacon is perhaps best known for his major work the Opus Maius. Commissioned by Pope Clement IV, this extensive text covered a multitude of topics from mathematics and optics to religion and moral philosophy. He is also regarded by some as an early pioneer of the modern scientific method. Bacon's erudition was so highly regarded that he came to be known as 'Doctor Mirabilis' or 'wonderful doctor'. However, he is a man shrouded in mystery. Little is known about much of his life and he became the subject of a number of strange legends, including one in which he allegedly constructed a mechanical brazen head that would predict the future.
Academic Coordinator for Theology at Bishop Grosseteste University, Lincoln
Associate Professor of Medieval History at the University of Oxford
Associate Professor of Medieval History at Bryn Mawr College
Producer: Victoria Brignell.
LINKS AND FURTHER READING
Robert Belle Burke (trans.), The Opus Majus of Roger Bacon, volumes 1 and 2 (first published 1928; Kessinger Publishing, 2010)
Jeremiah Hackett (ed.), Roger Bacon and the Sciences: Commemorative Essays (Brill, 1997)
James Hannam, God’s Philosophers: How the Medieval World Laid the Foundations of Modern Science (Icon Books, 2010)
Richard Kieckhefer, Magic in the Middle Ages (Cambridge University Press, 2011)
James McEvoy, Robert Grosseteste: Great Medieval Thinkers (Oxford University Press, 2000)
Amanda Power, Roger Bacon and the Defence of Christendom (Cambridge University Press, 2012)
Catherine Rider, Magic and Religion in Medieval England (Reaktion Books, 2012)
Neslihan Senocak, The Poor and the Perfect: The Rise of Learning in the Franciscan Order, 1209-1310 (Cornell University Press, 2012)
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