Institute of Physics, International Conference on the History of Physics

The Institute of Physics, in collaboration with the EPS  History of Physics Group has organised an International Conference on the History of Physics, which takes place in Cambridge, at Trinity College, September 4th-5th. The  conference is the inaugural for a whole series dedicated to all aspects of the history of physics. The leading theme forContinue reading “Institute of Physics, International Conference on the History of Physics”

Grosseteste at the National Astronomy Meeting

Presentation on Robert Grosseteste’s De Luce at the National Astronomy Meeting, Portsmouth June 23rd. It was great to be giving an “extra” talk at the National Astronomy Meeting. This is a really big event with up to 500 participants, and lots of parallel sessions covering all aspects of astronomy from the latests (non) evidence forContinue reading “Grosseteste at the National Astronomy Meeting”

Ordered Universe Talks in June

June has already seen Brian Tanner give a talk at St Cuthbert’s Society, Durham University, in the day-conference, ‘Colour at Cuths‘ on 13th June. We are very grateful to the Principal, Professor Elizabeth Archibald for the invitation, and for such a packed programme which takes forward what is now quite a series of events at StContinue reading “Ordered Universe Talks in June”

Clarifications on Medieval Multiverses and Multidisciplinarity

The recent interest in the Ordered Universe project following summary articles, in Nature, TheConversationUK, The Economist, The New Statesman, and various republished versions of the above, has been very gratifying (in the most part) but has also made it clear that some clarification is needed on both the way the project works, and on whatContinue reading “Clarifications on Medieval Multiverses and Multidisciplinarity”

Economist reports Ordered Universe

STEM subjects and a thirteenth-century masterclass: the Economist has an article on the Ordered Universe and the work we have been conducting on the medieval multiverse. Grosseteste’s contemporary view of multiple universes came not as a cosmological question, but as one of the divine power – if God is omnipotent he could create other universes (with no furtherContinue reading “Economist reports Ordered Universe”

Ordered Universe joins The Conversation

For those of you that know, and those that don’t, The Conversation, is a new journalism project to promote academic discourse and debate. The Ordered Universe has posted a report and discussion piece, highlighting the collaborative nature of the project, and the surprising and stimulating results of that collaboration. We have put a focus on theContinue reading “Ordered Universe joins The Conversation”

Critical Thinking, Critical Practice

A very interesting piece from Michael Brooks, in the New Statesman, which highlights the creative aspects of the Ordered Universe collaboration, both in terms of critical thinking, but also in terms of the way in which imaginative responses to the challenges of economic and social life can provide more than a mechanistic approach. Learning toContinue reading “Critical Thinking, Critical Practice”

Portuguese coverage of the Ordered Universe

I’m delighted to forward  coverage of the project by Ana Gerschenfeld, Science Journalist for the Portuguese broadsheet newspaper, PÚBLICO. We are very pleased to participate in this wider outreach of what we are up to, especially on the back of the forthcoming study of the De luce. It is interesting to see the coupling ofContinue reading “Portuguese coverage of the Ordered Universe”

Medieval Theories – New Interpretations – New Scientist

The New Scientist has a new piece on the De luce paper just out. A lovely discussion of the project and some great comments from Avi Loeb at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics in Cambridge. This is our second feature in the magazine following Michael Brook’s discussion of Grosseteste’s thought on colour. And for many more, we hope, as we explore Grosseteste’sContinue reading “Medieval Theories – New Interpretations – New Scientist”

Grosseteste – a theologian and scientist. Or: Did Grosseteste see a science-religion divide? Further Reflections on the Network…

To me, one of the most fascinating aspects of studying Grosseteste is that he wrote about both theology and science (in the medieval sense). The first-time, non-medieval reader is quick to ask herself whether Grosseteste had some split-brain features; after all religion and science often take opposing stances in contemporary debates. As Giles Gasper mentionedContinue reading “Grosseteste – a theologian and scientist. Or: Did Grosseteste see a science-religion divide? Further Reflections on the Network…”