The annual Robert Grosseteste Day takes place at Bishop Grosseteste University on Friday 7th October (Grosseteste’s feast day in the Christian Church is 9th October). Organised by Jack Cunningham the activities include a public lecture, and the launch of a new collection of essays from the 2014 International Grosseteste Society Conference, also held at BGU.
The next in the Ordered Universe public lecture series will feature Professor Clive Siviour, of the Department of Engineering and Pembroke College, University of Oxford. Clive will be speaking about his on-going research into High-Speed photography and the extraordinary images it produces, and to experiments derived from Robert Grosseteste’s treatise On the Generation of Sounds.
Next Tuesday, 31st May, sees the first activity in the collaboration between the Ordered Universe and the National Glass Centre, University of Sunderland, Through a Glass Darkly. We have a day of creative collaboration across a wide range of media. Brian, Giles, Hannah, Clive, Josh, Ana Dias – a PhD student in medieval manuscript illumination atContinue reading “Through a Glass Darkly – Creative Collaboration Seminar 1”
Only an Ordered Universe blogpost could deserve a title like that. We cannot let a discovery of such reach, beauty, conceptual depth and powerful simplicity (yes indeed) as the LIGO team’s announcement this month of the first detection of gravitational radiation go without a celebratory comment from the Robert Grosseteste club here. Robert did, after all,Continue reading “Gravitational Waves and the Cosmic ‘Sonativum’”
At the last Ordered Universe symposium the group made its third, and final, collaborative reading of Grosseteste’s treatise De generatione sonorum ‘On the Generation of Sounds’. An intriguing, characteristically dense piece of writing, with the usual editorial conundrums, and a strange beauty to its construction, the DGS also sparked a series of reflections from a modern scientific perspective.Continue reading “Generating sounds: help us write our next paper!”
Robert Grosseteste suggested in his treatise on the liberal arts that in all areas of human endeavour it is necessary to choose carefully the hour most propitious for the undertaking one wants to carry through. Plants carry more fruit if planted when the celestial spheres are correctly aligned, and base metals are transformed into goldContinue reading “On the liberal arts and the generation of sounds”
The next in the Ordered Universe symposia series starts today. The research group will be taking its final look, at least in session, at the treatises On the Liberal Arts and On the Generation of Sounds (De artibus liberalibus and De generatione sonorum). So, vowel shapes, musical measure, the powers (or not) of astrology, and Grosseteste’s rising familiarity with the De anima ofContinue reading “Robert Grosseteste’s Early Treatises and their Reception”
David Howard (University of York), and Ordered Universe stalwart, will be featured in a Proms Concert Interval programme, tonight, talking about his amazing research into human voice production and its reproduction by machines. ‘Singing Machines’ will be broadcast in the UK at about 19.10 and will be available on the BBC Radio 3 website forContinue reading “David Howard at the Proms…”
The De artibus liberalibus (On the Liberal Arts) has felt somewhat different from the three treatises that the Ordered Universe group had looked at before. Unlike the De colore, the De iride, the De luce and the De generatione sonorum, the De artibus liberalibus isn’t primarily aimed at elucidating a phenomenon of natural order –Continue reading “Living in an Ordered Universe”
Easter Week saw the Ordered Universe project team converge for three days on the ancient city of Lincoln – where Robert Grosseteste was Bishop from 1235-1253. It felt almost like a pilgrimage for those of us who have been studying the scientific works of this 13th century polymath together for 5 years now. We even broughtContinue reading “The Liberal Arts at Lincoln and a Choral Homage in Grosseteste’s Chapel”