Medieval Physics in Oxford: Reflections by Brian Tanner

20150628_192910 (1)When Jo Ashbourn, Senior Tutor at St Cross College, Oxford asked me to summarize the proceedings at the end of a one day conference on Medieval Physics in Oxford, I responded enthusiastically. Several weeks later at the start of what proved to be an interesting day, I was less than certain that it had been a wise decision.

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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