Preview 9: The Greatest Scientist You’ve Never Heard Of … at the Napa Lighted Art Festival 19 Jan 2019

Members of the Ordered Universe team will be in California in January 2019 for the Napa Lighted Art Festival, bringing our favourite blend of medieval history, modern science and mesmerising art to the west coast of the USA for the first time.

This is the ninth in a series of posts designed to tell you more about each of our events at the Napa Lighted Art Festival and how you can get involved.


Event: The Greatest Scientist You’ve Never Heard Of …
Date: 19 Jan 2019
Time: 1pm – 2pm
Location: Napa County Historical Society, Goodman Library, 1219 1st Street, Napa, CA 94559
Tickets: We strongly recommend booking tickets for this event. Tickets are free and are available via Eventbrite here.

Science – but not as you might know it. Come and read scientific works from medieval Europe with modern scientists and medieval specialists. Find out about the medieval big bang, the science of the rainbow, and how to move beyond the horizon. We’ll introduce you, as we read, to the greatest scientist you’ve never heard of: Robert Grosseteste. From 13th century England, at the time of Magna Carta, his was a dazzling mind in a dazzling generation, writing extraordinary works on natural phenomena. The Ordered Universe project, made up of medieval experts and modern scientists, explores these works collaboratively. This offers a better sense of the past, new scientific research, and a fuller understanding of the place of science in culture. Let us show you how the magic happens.

The reading group is part of a series curated by the Ordered Universe Research Project and Durham University, UK, for the 2019 Napa Lighted Festival – Beyond.

About the Presenters

Bishop_Robert_Grosseteste,_1896_(3x4crop)The Ordered Universe team is a diverse group of historians, scientists and artists who are working together in an international research project dedicated to the scientific works of the remarkable English thinker Robert Grosseteste (c.1170-1253).

The team are working on a seven volume series with Oxford University Press to present new editions, English translation, and extensive analyses of the scientific works by Grosseteste. Alongside this the team produces papers for scientific, and humanities journals, exploring the inspiration for modern thinking of reflections on natural phenomena from the Middle Ages (the results have been surprising and spectacular). The Ordered Universe also includes within its collaborative ethos creative artists over a wide range of media, and it is one of these collaborations that inspired us to bring our work to the Napa Lighted Art Festival – we hope you’ll join us!


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