Ordered Universe at the Royal Society

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Tom, Hannah and Giles have been invited to give a public lecture at the Royal Society, London, which will take place this coming Friday, 1.00-2.00 in the History of Science series. The talk is free and open to the public – doors open at 12.30 and places are issued on a first come first served basis. The talk is entitled:

The medieval science of light: uncovering meaning with an interdisciplinary methodology

The focus will be very much on the colour and rainbow treatises, a discussion of the historical context in which Grosseteste’s thought can and should be understood, and the wider ramifications of the varied legacies of his thought, and of the methodological bases for the Ordered Universe research collaboration. What happens when you get Vision Scientists, Physicists, Historians, Theologians and Philosophers together? Which is not the start of a joke (though we do have a lot of fun), but an organic and challenging series of conversations with broaden and deepen each time we are, collectively, or individually, asked to articulate what it is to read, and try to understand, Grosseteste together.

We are very grateful to Rupert Baker, Library Manager at the Royal Society, for making the invitation and organising everything, and also to Victoria Druce for all of her help. I have to say as a humanities scholar I would never have thought I would be part of such a talk, and it is a very great privilege to be asked, and to be back on the stage with Hannah and Tom. As our talk in Oxford to the Society for the History of Medieval Science and Technology showed the questions out there are expert and excellent, and we’re very much looking forward to presenting the project, and opening up more lines of discussion and debate. Hope to see you there!

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