Guest Blog on AHRC Science in Culture

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DSC_0621The Ordered Universe has a guest blog on the AHRC Science in Culture website, on the Being Human Festival, with more reflection on the experience of presenting Grosseteste and his wonderful imagination in a public forum. The Being Human Festival is running again next year: a terrific initiative, and an exciting way to present the wealth of ideas and projects dealing with the humanities. Ordered Universe will have its next public talk in Lincoln Cathedral Chapter-House: Thursday April 9th, 6.30 p.m. given by Richard Bower.

ITV Tyne Tees – Being Human Festival and lessons from 13th Century Science

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Screenshot 2014-11-26 16.59.03See Tom and Giles interviewed on ITV Tyne Tees before the Dark Ages to Dark Matter workshop. Many thanks indeed to Richard Wilson who made the feature, and to the Cathedral for letting us film. We find Grosseteste fascinating, and the response to the Festival a great confirmation that others do too. Click the image for the interview.

 

At the Wild Frontiers of Science: Being Human Festival Reflections 2

SOCIAL_MEDIA_RGB_02_500PXNovember 19th saw the second and final part of the Ordered Universe BeingDSC_0629 Human festivities, with a wonderful lecture by Michael Brooks. We took Michael on a tour of some of the resources at Durham: a visit to the Norman Chapel and then Cosin’s library for a trawl through early printed scientific collections, Galileo, Hooke’s Micrographia, and many others, before a visit to the Institute of Computational Cosmology and Richard Bower’s EAGLE project on galaxy simulation. We made our way to Ushaw, for another archival visit, of some of the scientific-related material in the collections, including a fascinating correspondence involving Cardinal Newman on Darwin’s theories of evolution and the Origin of the Species.

Michael’s lecture took us on a different tour; of questions and issues from contemporary science, in a compelling narrative which introduced science and its practitioners in context, the ups and downs, triumphs and tragedies of scientific discovery, and the changes in intellectual, social, cultural and economic circumstances that both affect and are affected by the practice of science. Continue reading