Visiting address: Deutsches Museum, Bibliotheksbau/ Zimmer 1225, Museumsinsel 1, 80538 München
Foci of Research
History of Cartography (13th-15th century), History of Science of the 13th century
Project: Edition and translation of Roger Bacon´s Opus Tertium (1267)
The Opus Tertium is one of the key texts for understanding the High Middle Ages´ philosophical and scientific debates, in which the Franciscan Roger Bacon played a decisive role. An edition and translation of this work is therefore of high historical interest. Due to the difficulties concerning the text´s interpretation and in order to showcase parallels to the contents of contemporary texts as well as historical sources, a philosophical and historical commentary will accompany the edition. The edition´s introduction will highlight the fact that Roger Bacon´s importance is not due to his contribution to any singular discipline. Rather, he developed a new, comprehensive, methodological concept of a unified and systematic science. He meant this new concept to aid the reformation of his time, with the ultimate goal of enabling man to live in a peaceful society, based on reason. This edition will contain the first complete and systematized German translation of Roger Bacon´s major work, enabling the public to gain an improved understanding of the High Middle Ages´ scientific culture.