Grosseteste goes public: disseminating medieval and modern science

The Mahfouz Forum on Grosseteste’s De generatione sonorum (On the generation of sound) culminated in a set of public lectures held in the Pichette Auditorium of Pembroke College. With this having been the third time that I got to enjoy being part of an Ordered Universe gathering, I had heard before some elements of theseContinue reading “Grosseteste goes public: disseminating medieval and modern science”

Nature Physics Commentary – All the Colours of the Rainbow

The latest Ordered Universe publication is out; a second piece in Nature, this time in Nature Physics. ‘All the Colours of the Rainbow’, which was principally authored by Hannah Smithson and Tom McLeish, with Giles Gasper, provides the outline of the way in which Grosseteste’s thought on colour moves between the De colore ‘On Colour’ and the De iride ‘On the Rainbow’, andContinue reading “Nature Physics Commentary – All the Colours of the Rainbow”

Rainbow paper in JOSA

The paper on the De iride and modern mapping of rainbow colour co-ordinates is published formally today in the Journal of the Optical Society of America A. Volume 31, Issue 4 – and the front cover is taken from our paper, with one of Hannah’s  representations of the spectra from the scattering angle and droplet radius size. TheContinue reading “Rainbow paper in JOSA”

Durham Workshop: Monday 3rd and Tuesday 4th March

The third in the workshop series funded through the AHRC Network Grant ‘Lost Legacies and a Living Past’ takes place tomorrow and Tuesday. We are looking forward to welcoming all of our visitors to Durham, Jack Cunningham from Bishop Grosseteste University, Cecilia Panti, Sigbjørn Sønnesyn, as well as Hannah and the rest of the DurhamContinue reading “Durham Workshop: Monday 3rd and Tuesday 4th March”

The week, or so, after Christmas: Hannah at Cambridge

Hannah is talking this afternoon, 9th January, at 4.30 to the Cambridge Philosophical Society, part of a day devoted to Colour in all of its diversity of meaning, aspects and applications.  Hannah’s talk will be on the De iride mapping she has been leading: ‘Colours of the rainbow: A three-dimensional colour space from the thirteenth century’ TheContinue reading “The week, or so, after Christmas: Hannah at Cambridge”

It was the week before Christmas…

…and fast becoming a typical, if active, one in the life of a Durham Grosseteste Project member.  An unexpected realisation is dawning – that the feel of the project reminds me of other scientific research programmes I have been involved in.  I mean that I have the sense of collabrating on a project with aContinue reading “It was the week before Christmas…”

Colour, Rainbows, Crombie and the Ordered Universe

Hannah and I enjoyed the hospitality of the Society for the History of Medieval Technology and Science at the weekend, in Oxford and very much enjoyed presenting the Ordered Universe project to their members and other attendees. It was lovely to meet Geoffrey Hindley, involved with the Society from its inception, and all the moreContinue reading “Colour, Rainbows, Crombie and the Ordered Universe”

Two weeks thinking about rainbows

I am fascinated by the ebb and flow of insight, discovery, writing, progress in this project.  Like so much science itself, sometimes ideas need simply to develop quietly on their own, at other times they are ready for serious up-front work.  So the realisation of Hannah Smithson when at the Porto workshop that Grosseteste’s identificationContinue reading “Two weeks thinking about rainbows”

Medicine, Science and a Porto Perspective

I first heard about The Ordered Universe Project in a seminar led by Giles Gasper and Tom McLeish at Durham last autumn. As someone who specialises in medieval medicine and gender, I was initially fascinated by their willingness to combine medieval science with modern physics, yet I was unaware of what contribution (if any) IContinue reading “Medicine, Science and a Porto Perspective”

Porto, O, Porto: Congress Programme and Plans

Well, the Porto meeting of the FIDEM congress is just over a week away. Papers are being finished, the panels are all organised, travel arrangements in place. The programme for the congress is here: Program_Secrets. We are very grateful to Jose Mereinhos and his team for all of their efforts, and especially in accommodating the Ordered UniverseContinue reading “Porto, O, Porto: Congress Programme and Plans”