Images to watch the universe by….

There are accompanying images to the paper on the De luce  which are available on Youtube. They are quite mesmeric, and form something of the basis for the 3D Visualisation, which is to come this year (and we are looking forward to that very much indeed). On that score Nick Holliman from the University of York isContinue reading “Images to watch the universe by….”

Medieval Theories – New Interpretations – New Scientist

The New Scientist has a new piece on the De luce paper just out. A lovely discussion of the project and some great comments from Avi Loeb at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics in Cambridge. This is our second feature in the magazine following Michael Brook’s discussion of Grosseteste’s thought on colour. And for many more, we hope, as we explore Grosseteste’sContinue reading “Medieval Theories – New Interpretations – New Scientist”

Recreating a Medieval Universe – the De Luce

We are very excited to announce the full scientific analysis of Grosseteste’s De luce  – ‘On Light’ will be published in the Proceedings of the Royal Society A  within the next month. A pre-submission version is available at  the Arxiv site. This takes the form of what we are calling a functional analysis of the treatise: taking Grosseteste’s account of howContinue reading “Recreating a Medieval Universe – the De Luce”

Grosseteste – a theologian and scientist. Or: Did Grosseteste see a science-religion divide? Further Reflections on the Network…

To me, one of the most fascinating aspects of studying Grosseteste is that he wrote about both theology and science (in the medieval sense). The first-time, non-medieval reader is quick to ask herself whether Grosseteste had some split-brain features; after all religion and science often take opposing stances in contemporary debates. As Giles Gasper mentionedContinue reading “Grosseteste – a theologian and scientist. Or: Did Grosseteste see a science-religion divide? Further Reflections on the Network…”

It was the week before Christmas…

…and fast becoming a typical, if active, one in the life of a Durham Grosseteste Project member.  An unexpected realisation is dawning – that the feel of the project reminds me of other scientific research programmes I have been involved in.  I mean that I have the sense of collabrating on a project with aContinue reading “It was the week before Christmas…”

Creation from Nothing: Mark Robson’s ‘Ontology and Providence in Creation’

Mark Robson’s new book provides a critical perspective on philosophical attitudes to the notion of creation from nothing. Mark is one of the teachers within the Durham Grosseteste Project, based at St Robert of Newminster school. Creation from nothing , ex nihilo, underpins Grosseteste’s fundamental understanding of the created world, and this discussion demonstrates theContinue reading “Creation from Nothing: Mark Robson’s ‘Ontology and Providence in Creation’”

Workshop 2: Medieval Science and the Modern Curriculum – Part 2

One of the bedrock principles of the Durham Grosseteste Project is the activity of collaborative reading. It sounds simple, and it many respects it is, but sitting together, to read through a text, slowly and thoughtfully, creates the environment in which exciting and imaginative ideas for research take shape and evolve. All present are ableContinue reading “Workshop 2: Medieval Science and the Modern Curriculum – Part 2”

Medicine, Science and a Porto Perspective

I first heard about The Ordered Universe Project in a seminar led by Giles Gasper and Tom McLeish at Durham last autumn. As someone who specialises in medieval medicine and gender, I was initially fascinated by their willingness to combine medieval science with modern physics, yet I was unaware of what contribution (if any) IContinue reading “Medicine, Science and a Porto Perspective”

Why the scientists?

At the heart of the Ordered Universe Project is the interdisciplinary collaboration between medievalists and scientists. In this way light is shed onto Grosseteste’s scientific work from very different angles, and this allows for an all-around and in-depth elucidation of his writings. That medievalists contribute to our understanding of medieval science seems straightforward and notContinue reading “Why the scientists?”

Porto Conference Thoughts and Reflections, from a postgraduate perspective, Part One

A few months ago Giles Gasper kindly invited me to attend the FIDEM conference in Porto as part of the Grosseteste project. I gladly accepted the invitation and started to read through the material that I was sent. The Grosseteste project had interested me ever since I heard about it; the idea of collaboration betweenContinue reading “Porto Conference Thoughts and Reflections, from a postgraduate perspective, Part One”