Order, the Universe and Everything

This week sees the first symposium for the Ordered Universe project as part of the programme under the new AHRC grant. It will examine Grosseteste’s treatises On the Liberal Arts (De artibus liberalibus) On the Generation of Sounds (De generatione sonorum) and the Middle English translation and exposition of both The Seven Liberal Arts.

A Guided Tour of the Chateau d’Amour: with video clips

Last week, on Friday 9th October, Michael Huxtable gave his lecture ‘A Guided Tour of the Chateau d’Amour’ as the Annual Bishop Grosseteste Lecture, at Bishop Grosseteste University, Lincoln. The 9th, at least according to the Anglican canon, is the commemorative day for Grosseteste, and the lecture was given in collaboration with Lincoln Cathedral. Michael’sContinue reading “A Guided Tour of the Chateau d’Amour: with video clips”

Lincoln Workshop in Pictures

It is now just over six weeks since the workshop on the Liberal Arts in Lincoln; thoughts are still buzzing about the discussions and the treatises, and what the nature of inter-disciplinary research actually consists of, as well as the delight in new discoveries, learning and having one’s eyes well and truly opened. Here areContinue reading “Lincoln Workshop in Pictures”

(Medieval) Science and some Spin-Off Contemplations about Ethics and Interdisciplinarity

During the introductory session on the Liberal Arts and modern scientific methodologies, Giles posed the question to the group whether failure of a scientific theory could ever be due to moral rather than intellectual failure. Whilst Giles is the one to turn to if you’re interested in the motivation behind this question, I’d like toContinue reading “(Medieval) Science and some Spin-Off Contemplations about Ethics and Interdisciplinarity”

Education Revisited – Lessons to Learn from the Medieval Curriculum

In the De artibus liberalibus (On the Liberal Arts), Grosseteste positions the Liberal Arts as having their proper, natural place in scholarly thought and the educational curriculum. In the set of the seven Liberal Arts, the so called trivium of grammar, logic and rhetoric is complemented by the mathematical arts, that is, the quadrivium ofContinue reading “Education Revisited – Lessons to Learn from the Medieval Curriculum”

Living in an Ordered Universe

The De artibus liberalibus (On the Liberal Arts) has felt somewhat different from the three treatises that the Ordered Universe group had looked at before. Unlike the De colore, the De iride, the De luce and the De generatione sonorum, the De artibus liberalibus isn’t primarily aimed at elucidating a phenomenon of natural order –Continue reading “Living in an Ordered Universe”

The Liberal Arts at Lincoln and a Choral Homage in Grosseteste’s Chapel

Easter Week saw the Ordered Universe project team converge for three days on the ancient city of Lincoln – where Robert Grosseteste was Bishop from 1235-1253.  It felt almost like a pilgrimage for those of us who have been studying the scientific works of this 13th century polymath together for 5 years now.  We even broughtContinue reading “The Liberal Arts at Lincoln and a Choral Homage in Grosseteste’s Chapel”

Singing for the Lincolnite

Grosseteste speaks in the De artibus liberalibus – On the Liberal Arts of the healing power of music, as part of a psychological study on proportion, harmony and the exercise of will and passion. As part of the workshop in Lincoln (hosted at and by Bishop Grosseteste University) next week, the newly formed ‘Cantus [In]firmus’ willContinue reading “Singing for the Lincolnite”

Comparative Cosmologies: Robert Grosseteste and Modern Cosmology

Professor Richard Bower, stalwart of the Ordered Universe project, and a senior member of the Durham Institute of Computational Cosmology, will be delivering a public lecture in the Chapter House, Lincoln Cathedral, at 6.30 pm, on April 9th. Richard’s title: ‘Comparative Cosmologies: Robert Grosseteste and Modern Cosmology‘ reflects the on-going engagement of the Ordered Universe projectContinue reading “Comparative Cosmologies: Robert Grosseteste and Modern Cosmology”

Liberal Arts

The next Ordered Universe symposium will take place at Bishop Grosseteste University, in Lincoln, 8th-10th April, 2015. Jack Cunningham and his team at BGU will be taking the helm for the symposium, dedicated to the two earliest of Grosseteste’s works, a second series of sessions on the De generatione sonorum, On the Generation of Sounds, and a firstContinue reading “Liberal Arts”