Science, Imagination, and Wonder: Impressions and Experiences

One of the main challenges for all who study the highly variegated output produced by Robert Grosseteste over the course of his lifetime is how, if at all, his works within highly disparate disciplines may be harmonized into a coherent whole. This challenge was embodied in practice from April 3rd through 6th, when scholars from a wide range of disciplines descended on Pembroke College, Oxford, for the conference ‘Science, Imagination, and Wonder: Robert Grosseteste and his Legacy’. In order to make this an occasion for mutually fruitful exchange across – rather than merely within – the boundaries segmenting academia, Continue reading

Conference news: Jim Al-Khalili

 

With a day to go before the Ordered Universe conference on Science, Imagination and Wonder, we’re very much looking forward to the public lecture to be given by Professor Jim Al-Khalili, On the Shoulders of Giants: Optics before Newton, in the Weston Library, from 17.15 on Continue reading

Conference Previews: Science, Imagination and…

Preparations for the Ordered Universe conference which takes place at Pembroke College, Oxford 3-6 April, are moving on apace. In addition to our three keynote speakers, Professors Jim Al-Khalili (Surrey), Suzanne Akbari (Toronto) and Simon Oliver (Durham), we have a nice array of papers submitted, from a fantastic range of disciplines, which are forming themselves into panels. Just as a taster, we have for example:

  • Philipp Nothaft (All Souls College, Oxford) on ‘Grosseteste as Computist’
  • Brett Smith (Catholic University of America) on ‘When Aristotle Went Wrong: How Desire Shapes Intellectual Vision in the Epistemology of Robert Grosseteste’
  • Adam Richter (Toronto) on ‘Robert Grosseteste, John Wallis and the Laws of Nature’
  • Aimee Quickfall (Bishop Grosseteste University) on ‘Philosophy with Children and Robert Grosseteste’

and plenty of other papers from the team and friends old and new.

The conference will also feature an exhibition of work from staff and students at the National Glass Centre, University of Sunderland, conceived and created in response to Grosseteste’s thought especially on colour and the rainbow. The exhibition, curated by Clara Chivers, will also include manuscript treasures from Pembroke College library, including works of Grosseteste. Multi-media sculptor Alexandra Carr will be bringing together a temporary installation in the college chapel, drawing inspiration from Grosseteste’s cosmological vision, and modern understanding of the universe.

We’re very keen to have as many people at the conference as possible, and there are places left for paper or poster submissions – the conference rates and information, including timetable, are available here. Spread the word!