From the Dark Ages to Dark Matter in Pictures

A photographic record of the day (photos courtesy of Gabriel Fidler and Giles Gasper).

Arrivals and opening
Arrivals and opening
The magnificent setting of Durham Cathedral Chapter House
The magnificent setting of Durham Cathedral Chapter House
Opening presentations: Grosseteste Life and Times
Opening presentations: Grosseteste Life and Times
Collaborative Reading Groups, On Light, Brian in the lead.
Collaborative Reading Groups, On Light, Brian in the lead.
Collaborative Reading Groups, Devin O'Leary contemplating the text
Collaborative Reading Groups, Devin O’Leary contemplating the text
Tom leading discussion on the Generation of Sounds
Tom leading discussion on the Generation of Sounds
Collaborative Reading and Thinking
Collaborative Reading and Thinking
More concentration on Grosseteste's texts - Jon Turnock in the foreground
More concentration on Grosseteste’s texts – Jon Turnock in the foreground
Richard Bower explaining the treatise on light
Richard Bower explaining the treatise on light
Michael Brooks in the group on colour
Michael Brooks in the group on colour
Hannah leading colour discussions
Hannah leading colour discussions
Giles in one of the light discussions
Giles in one of the light discussions
Lunch break and filming for the video of the day: Hannah at the helm
Lunch break and filming for the video of the day: Hannah at the helm
Sigbjørn and our cameraman Alan Fentiman
Sigbjørn and our cameraman Alan Fentiman
Brian starts off the session on experiments
Brian starts off the session on experiments
Medieval science in action
Medieval science in action
Measuring Grosseteste's experiments
Measuring Grosseteste’s experiments
Modern science leading the way - Brian in action
Modern science leading the way – Brian in action
With Tom as well!
With Tom as well!
Refraction and the tea-cup (mutatis mutandis a medieval experiment)
Refraction and the tea-cup (mutatis mutandis a medieval experiment)
Imaging and lens
Imaging and lens
More medieval science...
More medieval science…
Final Sessions on the Medieval Cosmos, back in the Chapter House
Final Sessions on the Medieval Cosmos, back in the Chapter House
Richard and the making of the medieval and modern universes
Richard and the making of the medieval and modern universes
Our paticipants
Our paticipants
About to explore the medieval cosmos visualisation, which closed the day
About to explore the medieval cosmos visualisation, which closed the day

Reflections on Being Human – Festival of Humanities

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Early arrivals

SOCIAL_MEDIA_RGB_02_500PXThe Ordered Universe public workshop on Grosseteste’s scientific works, was a great success: part of the Being Human Festival, and with the aim of introducing the public to the work of the team on Grosseteste, why and how we do it, and the excitement provoked by the project. With a full house, some 60 participants, across a wide range of experience and background, and almost the full team (myself, Tom, Hannah, Richard Bower, Brian Tanner, Mike IMG_3662Huxtable, Sigbjørn and John Bissell), we started the day in the magnificent setting of the Durham Cathedral Chapter House. Continue reading

Ordered Universe at the Festival of Humanities

SOCIAL_MEDIA_RGB_02_500PXBeing Human, the Festival of the Humanities is now a little under a month away. Ordered Universe team members at the Dark Ages to Dark Matter activities will include: Giles Gasper, Tom McLeish, Hannah Smithson, Richard Bower, Brian Tanner, Mike Huxtable and Sigbjørn Sønnesyn. There will be a number of Durham students involved as well, helping to lead the collaborative reading sessions, which, as those who are there will see, are the heartbeat of our interdisciplinary activities, and the best way of all to get into not just a piece of writing from the past, but the best way to try and follow the thoughts of the person who created it. Continue reading

From Dark Ages to Dark Matter – Festival of Humanities

image001SOCIAL_MEDIA_RGB_02_500PXThe Ordered Universe is very proud and pleased to be part of the inaugural UK National Festival of the Humanitieswhich takes place between 15th-23rd November this year. The Festival aims to engage the public with innovative humanities research, and takes place across the country, with university hubs and their cultural and community partners. The programme is a true showcase for the diversity and inventiveness of research into humanities, with a fantastic array of projects, activities and opportunities to come face to face with the researchers and their subjects. Continue reading