Publications

Ordered Universe publications reflect the breadth and dynamism of its research team. Publications include our jointly produced critical editions and translations of Grosseteste’s scientific works. These provide the basis for contextual and functional commentaries which bring multi-disciplinary perspectives to an interdisciplinary whole. The pilot volume for this series was the treatise De colore, On Colour.

Our research also generates papers in academic journals and edited collections. One of the most exciting and unusual aspects of the project is its stimulation of modern science, as well as deeper insight into medieval culture and reflection on the role of science within human society. We publish widely across our disciplinary spectrum.

A third element of publication from the project is papers and studies by individual team members, relating to their particular areas of interest and expertise. Selected examples are included below.

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Jointly Authored Edition and Commentary

Dimensions of Colour: Robert Grosseteste’s De colore, G Dinkova-Bruun, Giles E. M. Gasper, M. J. Huxtable, Tom C. B. McLeish, C. Panti and H. Smithson (Toronto, 2013).

Reviews:
Dennis Sepper, Speculum, 90 (2015), 816-817.
Brid Phillips, Parergon,  31 (2014), 200-202.
Winston Black, Isis, 105 (2014), 633-635.

Jointly Authored Academic Papers

Joshua Harvey, Hannah E. Smithson  Clive R. Siviour, Giles E. M. Gasper, Sigbjørn Sønnesyn, Brian K. Tanner, Tom C. B. McLeish, ‘Bow-Shaped Caustics from Conical Prisms: a Thirteenth-Century Account of Rainbow Formation from Grosseteste’s De iride‘, Applied Optics, 56(19) (2017), G197-G204.

Brian K. Tanner, Richard G. Bower, Tom C. B. McLeish and Giles E. M. Gasper, ‘Unity and Symmetry in Robert Grosseteste’s De luce‘, in Robert Grosseteste and the Pursuit of Religious and Scientific Learning. Eds. Jack Cunningham and Mark Hocknull (London: Springer, 2016).

Hannah E. Smithson, Giles E. M. Gasper, Tom C. B. McLeish, All the Colours of the Rainbow‘, Nature Physics, 10 (2014), 540–542.

Richard G. Bower, Tom C. B. McLeish, Brian K. Tanner, Hannah E. Smithson, Cecilia Panti, Neil Lewis and Giles E. M. Gasper,  ‘A Medieval Multiverse?: Mathematical Modelling of the 13th Century Universe of Robert Grosseteste’, Proceedings of the Royal Society, A (2014) 470: 20140025

Tom C. B. McLeish, Richard G. Bower, Giles E. M. Gasper, Neil Lewis, Cecilia Panti, Hannah Smithson, Brian Tanner,  ‘A medieval multiverse’, Nature, 507 (2014), 161–163,

H. Smithson, Philip S. Anderson, G. Dinkova-Bruun, Robert A. E. Fosbury, Philip Laven, Tom C. B. McLeish, Cecilia Panti, and Brian K. Tanner, ‘Color-coordinate system from a 13th-century account of rainbows’, Journal of the Optical Society of America A, 31 (2014), 341-349.

H. Smithson, G. Dinkova-Bruun, M. Huxtable, C. Panti, Tom C. B. McLeish ‘A three-dimensional colour space from the 13th century’, Journal of the Optical Society of America A, 29 (2012), 346-352.

Other Publications

Giles Gasper, ‘Ordered Universe’, Symeon, 7 (2017), pp. 26-29 – the magazine for Durham University History alumni.

Tom McLeish, Giles Gasper, Hannah Smithson, ‘The next scientific breakthrough could come from the history books’, The Conversation, March 1, 2017.

Tom McLeish, Giles Gasper, Hannah Smithson, ‘La théorie d’un évêque médiéval évoque les univers multiples de la physique’, The Conversation (France), February 23, 2017.

Tom McLeish, Giles Gasper, Hannah Smithson, ‘Our latest scientific research partner was a medieval bishop’, The ConversationJune 7, 2015.

Tom McLeish, Giles Gasper, Hannah Smithson, ‘Medieval bishop’s theory resembles modern concept of multiverses‘, The Conversation, April 24, 2014.

Brian Tanner, Giles Gasper, Tom McLeish and Hannah Smithson, ‘Bacon’s Predecessors’,  Physics World, 27 (2014), 20.

Posters

R. G. Bower, T. C. B. McLeish, B. K. Tanner, H. E. Smithson and G. E. M. Gasper, ‘Before Electromagnetism: a Medieval Multiverse Created from the Coupling of Light and Matter’, Institute of Physics, International Conference on the History of Physics, 4-5 September, Trinity College, Cambridge, Cambridge, UK.

Related Publications from Team Members

Jack Cunningham, ‘Robert Grosseteste and the pursuit of learning in the Thirteenth Century’ in Robert Grosseteste and the Pursuit of Religious and Scientific Learning. Eds. Jack Cunningham and Mark Hocknull (London: Springer, 2016).

Robert Grosseteste and the Pursuit of Religious and Scientific Learning. Ed with Mark Hocknull (London: Springer, 2016).

‘Lumen di lumine. Light, God and Creation in the philosophy of Grosseteste’, in  Cosmology and the Sacred Space: Lincoln Cathedral and Robert Grosseteste. Eds. N. Temple & J. Hendrix (Farnham: Ashgate, 2013)

—- Ed. Robert Grosseteste: his thought and its impact (Toronto: Pontifical Institute of Medieval Studies, 2012)

Nader El-Bizri, ‘Grosseteste’s Meterological Optics. Explications of the phenonenon of the Rainbow after Ibn al-Haythsam’ in Robert Grosseteste and the Pursuit of Religious and Scientific Learning. Eds. Jack Cunningham and Mark Hocknull (London: Springer, 2016).

Giles E. M. Gasper, ‘The Fulfillment of Science: Nature, Creation and Man in the Hexaemeron of Robert Grosseteste’,  in Robert Grosseteste and the Pursuit of Religious and Scientific Learning. Eds. Jack Cunningham and Mark Hocknull (London: Springer, 2016).

—-‘Robert Grosseteste at Durham’, Mediaeval Studies, 76 (2014), 297-303

Neil Lewis, ‘Libertas arbitrii in Robert Grosseteste’s De libero arbitrio,’ in Robert Grosseteste and His Intellectual Milieu, ed. J. Flood, et al., (Toronto: Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies, 2013), pp. 11-33.

—- ‘Robert Grosseteste & Richard Rufus of Cornwall on Unequal Infinites,’ in Robert Grosseteste: His Thought and Impact, ed. J. Cunningham (Toronto: Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies, 2012), pp. 227-256.

—- Richardi Rufi In Arisotelelis De generatione et corruptione, with R. Wood & J. Ottman  (Oxford: OUP, 2011).

—- ‘Robert Grosseteste’s On Light: An English Translation,’ in Robert Grosseteste and His Intellectual Milieu,  J. Flood, J. Ginther, & J. Goering (ed) (Toronto: Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies, 2013), pp. 239-247.

—- ‘Robert Grosseteste‘, The Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy (Summer 2013 Edition), ed. E. Zalta.

Tom McLeish, ‘Medieval Lessons for the Modern Science/Religion Debate’,  in Robert Grosseteste and the Pursuit of Religious and Scientific Learning. Eds. Jack Cunningham and Mark Hocknull (London: Springer, 2016).

—-Faith and Wisdom in Science (Oxford, OUP, 2014)

Cecilia Panti, ‘The Theological use of Science in Robert Grosseteste and Adam Marsh according to Roger Bacon; the case study of the Rainbow’,  in Robert Grosseteste and the Pursuit of Religious and Scientific Learning. Eds. Jack Cunningham and Mark Hocknull (London: Springer, 2016).

—-‘Robert Grosseteste’s cosmology of light and light-metaphors: a symbolic model of sacred space?’ in N. Temple, J.S. Hendrix, & C. Frost (ed.), Bishop Robert Grosseteste and Lincoln Cathedral: Tracing Relationships between Medieval Concepts of Order and Built Form (Burlington, VT: Ashgate, 2014), pp. 59-80.

—- ‘Robert Grosseteste and Adam of Exeter’s Physics of Light. Remarks on the Transmission, Authenticity, and Chronology of Grosseteste’s Scientific Opuscula’ in  J. Flood, J. Ginther, & J. Goering (ed), Robert Grosseteste and His Intellectual Milieu (Toronto, Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies, 2013), pp. 165-190.

—- ‘Robert Grosseteste’s De luce. A Critical Edition’ in J. Flood, J. Ginther, & J. Goering (ed), Robert Grosseteste and His Intellectual Milieu (Toronto, Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies, 2013), pp. 193-238.

—– ‘The evolution of the idea of corporeity in Robert Grosseteste’s writings’ in J. Cunningham (ed.),  Robert Grosseteste: His Thought and Impact (Toronto, Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies, 2012), pp. 111-139.

—- ‘Il trattato De luce di Roberto Grossatesta. Una rilettura sulla base della nuova edizione del testo’ in A. Musco (ed.), Universalità Della Ragione. Pluralità Delle Filosofie Nel Medioevo (Palermo,Officina di Studi Medievali, 2012), pp. 289-299.

—- Roberto Grossatesta, La luce, Introduzione, edizione, traduzione e commento a cura di C. Panti (Pisa, Pisa University Press, 2011).

—- ‘Robert Grosseteste’s Theory of Sound’, in F. Hentschel ed. Musik – und die Geschichte der Philosophie und Naturwissenschaften im Mittelalter. Fragen zur Wechselwirkung von ‘Musica’ und ‘Philosophia’ im Mittelalter  (Leiden: Brill, 1998), pp. 3-18.

Hannah Smithson, ‘All the colours of the Rainbow: Robert Grosseteste’s Three-Dimensional Colour Space’ in Robert Grosseteste and the Pursuit of Religious and Scientific Learning. Eds. Jack Cunningham and Mark Hocknull (London: Springer, 2016).

 

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