Physics and Optics in Dante’s Divine Comedy

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Sparavigna, Amelia Carolina

Physics and Optics in Dante’s Divine Comedy Journal Article

Mechanics, Materials Science & Engineering, 3 (1), pp. 184-193, 2016, ISSN: 2412-5954.

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Author: Amelia Carolina Sparavigna

ABSTRACT. The Divine Comedy is a poem of Dante Alighieri representing, allegorically, the journey of a soul towards God, in the framework of Dante’s metaphysics of the divine light. However, besides metaphysics, we can find in the poem several passages concerning the natural phenomena. Here we discuss some them, in order to investigate Dante’s knowledge of Physics and, in particular, of Optics.

Keywords: medieval science, history of science, history of optics

DOI 10.13140/RG.2.1.3509.0965

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