Visiting Fellowship in Oxford: Cecilia Panti

The Ordered Universe project is very pleased to announce a Visiting Fellowship at Pembroke College, University of Oxford, for Prof. Cecilia Panti, for the month or so. Cecilia, an original member of the project, is the foremost expert on Grosseteste’s scientific works, including critical editions of the treatises On LightOn the SphereOn the Super-Celestial Motions, and On Comets. She is also an expert on music in the Middle Ages, and the reception of Boethius and Augustine in this regard, has written widely on Roger Bacon and is co-investigator on a project with Professor Nicholas Temple, University of Huddersfield on ‘Lorenzo Ghiberti’s 3rd Commentary: Translation and Commentary’, supported by a British Academy/Leverhulme small grant award. These among wide interests in medieval philosophy, and further afield. Cecilia is a core member of the Ordered Universe project, and her time in Oxford will be a wonderful opportunity for the project’s work. We are very grateful to Pembroke College for arranging matters so smoothly.

Ordered Universe at Tor Vergata

Time and time reckoning_06_04_16_Tor VergataWithin the upcoming Ordered Universe symposium in Rome, Cecilia Panti has organised a half-day conference on the subject of Time and Time Reckoning in Medieval and Contemporary Scientific Perspective. Featuring Richard Bower – Durham, Neil Lewis – Georgetown, Anne Lawrence Mathers – Reading and Philipp Nothaft – Oxford, the conference will take place at the Università degli Studi di Roma “Tor Vergata”, via Columbia 1, Macroarea Lettere e Filosofia – Sala Moscati, staring at 15.00, finishing at about 18.00. All are welcome, so if you are in Rome, please come along!

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Unity in Diversity

IMG_404205125th – 28th November 2015, Durham, UK. A group of around 25 people gather for another symposium on the scientific writings of the 13th century English bishop Robert Grosseteste. It’s the first symposium under the umbrella of the generous AHRC grant that started in October. Whilst most academic conferences bring together experts from more or less the same subject area, this symposium is different. Its attendants span the academic disciplines from medieval history to modern vision science, from Middle English to computational cosmology, from church history to physics and applied mathematics, and from linguistics and acoustics to music composition. Continue reading

AHRC 10th Anniversary: Ordered Universe and Science in Culture

Screen Shot 2015-12-19 at 09.10.39The Arts and Humanities Research Council has produced a fascinating brochure on some of the projects it has funded over the course of the last decade, now available in an online version. The Ordered Universe features as one of the projects, under the Science in Culture theme, on pages 83-84 (if you want to take a look!). Continue reading

AHRC-Ordered Universe at the Cheltenham Science Festival

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It was a enormous privilege to represent the AHRC at the Cheltenham Science Festival. From the first application to take the Ordered Universe project to the Festival, to the intensive media and presentation workshop at Polaris House, and then to working with the AHRC and Festival co-ordinators, it has been an exciting and supportive journey. The session we presented, ‘Robert Grosseteste: The Greatest Scientist You’ve Never Heard Of…’, started with FullSizeRender 7Tom introducing Grosseteste’s physics of light, and the impact of this on his cosmology, especially in the treatise On Light, the De luce. The IMG_2517Cheltenham audience were extremely receptive: when Tom outlined the creation of the medieval universe from a single point of light, expanding spherically….in its eerie echoing of the Big Bang you could see the audience lean forward. Continue reading

Ordered Universe and Being Human – On Film

We are delighted with the new short film of the Ordered Universe team in action at last year’s DSC_0682Festival of Humanities Ordered Universe PosterBeing Human, Festival of Humanities. Our ‘Dark Ages to Dark Matter‘ day took the participants through the research experience of encountering Grosseteste, piecing together his chronology, crucially sharing a collaborative reading experience, re-creating some of the experiments he recounts, and overlaying the whole with modern ideas, from science and humanities bases. Continue reading

Ordered Universe Sessions at Porto

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Cafe Majestic in Porto
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Cafe Majestic in Porto

These are the details of the three formal sessions we have organised for the FIDEM Congress in Porto: focusing on the treatises on light and on colour. Each session has a mingling (to use a Grossetestian phrase) of scientific and humanities based scholars; all of which are needed to convey the richness and depth of these wonderful, and original expositions of Aristotle together with his Arabic commentators. The De luce we date to about 1225, the De iride is one of the last scientific texts Grosseteste composed, dated to 1228-1230.

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Durham Grosseteste Project in Portugal

IMG_1119So, our next engagement as a team will be the FIDEM congress in Porto. The congress gathers around 400-500 medievalists of various sorts and meets every 5 years. FIDEM itself is a network of institutes for medieval studies, with individual as well as institutional membership, and has been running since 1987. Greti sits on the executive board. Jose Mereinhos very kindy and enthusiastically accepted our suggestion that we might present the project in Porto. Continue reading