Yesterday, July 1st, the Ordered Universe project was awarded a prestigious prize from the University of Oxford. Hannah, Tom and Giles submitted the project for the Vice-Chancellor’s Public Engagement with Research Awards, and we were one of six projects from over 80 entrants selected as prize winners. The awards were hosted by Merton College and the Academic Champion for Public Engagement, Professor Sarah Whatmore and the Vice Chancellor, Professor Louise Richardson. Continue reading
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 Tom introducing Grosseteste’s physics of light, and the impact of this on his cosmology, especially in the treatise On Light, the De luce. The Cheltenham 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
Tom, Hannah and Giles had an absolutely wonderful time at the Cheltenham Science Festival. As part of the AHRC partnership with the Festival the Ordered Universe presented Grosseteste’s scientific works and the collaboration between modern scientists and medievalists to an engaged and packed audience. Chaired by Professor Robert Winston, the talk and question and answer session was stimulating and wide-ranging. More to come but here are some pictures!
The Ordered Universe will be presenting later today at the Cheltenham Science Festival. Tom, Hannah and Giles will talk with Lord Professor Robert Winston, and with the audience on the project, Grosseteste and Science and Humanities in collaboration. The project was selected by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) as part of its partnership with the Cheltenham Festivals, and the theme of Science in Culture will be very much to the fore in the reflections and discussions later today. Continue reading
It is a real thrill to let you know that the Ordered Universe project was successful in an AHRC open call for the opportunity to present and curate an event at the Cheltenham Science and Literature Festivals. Following an ‘elevator pitch’ and workshop in Swindon, the Ordered Universe was selected to work with the Science Festival team. So, Tom, Hannah and Giles will be doing just this over the next few months! The Science Festival takes place 2nd-7th June (the four Festivals, Music, Science, Jazz and Literature have over 1000 acts and about a quarter of a million attendees). Continue reading