Lincoln Workshop in Pictures

It is now just over six weeks since the workshop on the Liberal Arts in Lincoln; thoughts are still buzzing about the discussions and the treatises, and what the nature of inter-disciplinary research actually consists of, as well as the delight in new discoveries, learning and having one’s eyes well and truly opened. Here are a few photographic memories of the workshop: just seeing them jogs the mind to dwell further on what Grosseteste’s texts meant and what they represent. Continue reading

13th Century Science: New Positions at Oxford

IMG_117920140320_105531The Ordered Universe team are delighted to announce the success of a linked and related project in Oxford: The Mental and Material Laboratories of 13th Century Science. Based at TORCH, the Oxford Research Centre for the Humanities (situated in the former Radcliffe Infirmary), the project is led by Hannah Smithson, Clive Siviour and Carol Harrison (Lady Margaret Professor of Divinity). The project won funding for two paired doctoral scholarships, through TORCH and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, one to be supervised in sciences, and one in humanities: which is wonderful news, and warmest congratulations to the Oxford Team. The doctoral projects will commence in 2015. Continue reading

Sound Medieval and Sound Modern: Public and the Future

IMG_2867IMG_2856Our workshop meeting concluded with the public lectures, on which Ulrike has commented already. It was a privilege to speak in the Pichette Auditorium, and a particular pleasure to see some Durham alumni in the audience – thank you Martin, Heather and Aversa. Heather had even had the privilege (!) of working through Grosseteste’s De colore and Letter 1 in my Special Subject class 2012-2013. The support from the Ordered Universe team, and the Pembroke community was also very much appreciated, from the warm introduction by the Master, Dame Lynne Brindley, to the questions which came thick and fast at the end. Continue reading

Institute of Physics, International Conference on the History of Physics

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Trinity College, 1690, three years after the appearance of Newton’s Principia Mathematica

img_mid_63419The Institute of Physics, in collaboration with the EPS  History of Physics Group has organised an International Conference on the History of Physics, which takes place in Cambridge, at Trinity College, September 4th-5th. The  conference is the inaugural for a whole series dedicated to all aspects of the history of physics. The leading theme for this year is ‘Electromagnetism: the Road to Power’. Brian Tanner, recently honoured by the Institute with the 2014 Gabor Medal and Prize,  will be taking the Ordered Universe’s work on Grosseteste’s universe to the conference, in a poster presentation on the 5th September. If you are in Cambridge, Brian would be delighted to see and talk to you about the project. Continue reading