Cambridge e-Luminate Festival: Master of Colour

Friday 9th February sees the opening of the 2018 Cambridge e-Luminate Festival, and the Ordered Universe project is delighted to be taking part once again. In tandem with Ross Ashton and Karen Monid of The Projection Studio and their installation ‘I see’ on Senate Continue reading

Through a Glass Darkly – More and more things to do with glass!

Work continues apace for the October 2017 launch of the National Glass Centre exhibition by Cate and Colin based on research from the Ordered Universe and the scientific world of Robert Grosseteste. The official launch date is 20th October and the exhibition will run until March 2018. A visit with Giles Gasper, Alexandra Carr, photographer Rosie Reed Gold (whose photographs are used here), and OxNet Southmoor Academy co-ordinator Katarzyna Kosior, revealed the riches in store. Continue reading

PhD Position for Grosseteste Studies

Some exciting news to pass on. Bishop Grosseteste University is funding a PhD studentship for studies on Grosseteste and the Science of Learning. The Ordered Universe project is delighted to advertise this – please circulate it to any and all who would be interested and qualified. Enquiries about the position should go, as the advert below indicates, to Jack Cunningham. There is a good amount of time for applications and this represents a wonderful opportunity.

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Annual Edward Delaval Lecture in Physics – University of Lincoln

Tom McLeish wil deliver the Annual Edward Deleval Lecture in Physics at the University of Lincoln on November 16th. Tom will be talking on: Medieval Science and the Ordered Universe Project. The lecture is open to the public and takes place at 6 pm in the EMMTEC Lecture Theatre, Brayford Pool Campus, University of Lincoln. We have a short interview with Tom Continue reading

Astronomy Domine: The Ordered Universe set the controls for the heart of Rome

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The spheres as imagined by Goussin de Metz in the later 13th century

Just as celestial bodies, according to medieval astronomy, would be brought to convergence by the motion of the firmament, so many members of the Ordered Universe project will converge in Rome in the first full week of April, drawn there by the gravitational pull of our workshop schedule. The focus this time will be on Grosseteste’s astronomical models and the mathematical tools at his disposal to calculate and measure celestial motions. Continue reading

Gravitational Waves and the Cosmic ‘Sonativum’

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Artistic rendition of the merging black holes that gave rise to the gravitational waves reported in February 2016. Image from LIGO collaboration

Only an Ordered Universe blogpost could deserve a title like that.  We cannot let a discovery of such reach, beauty, conceptual depth and powerful simplicity (yes indeed) as the LIGO team’s announcement this month of the first detection of gravitational radiation go without a celebratory comment from the Robert Grosseteste club here.

Robert did, after all, engage in the magisterial De luce in the work of imagining the entire cosmos, and indeed in the propagation of waves across it in the process of its first formation.  Another centrepiece of his thought world was the connection of the universal with the present and microscopic. Continue reading

Medieval Rainbows at Cambridge Mathematics

The Cambridge University Mathematics Campus and one of its more famous denizens.
The Cambridge University Mathematics Campus and one of its more famous denizens.

Ordered Universe Co-investigator Tom McLeish was invited down to the Cambridge Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics (DAMTP) to talk about the project in that famous institution’s regular ‘fluids’ seminar series. Continue reading

Scribal loyalties: A note from a new post-doc.

Grosseteste computusReading and transcribing medieval manuscripts is a task that is humbling and exhilarating in equal measure. It is a very immediate way in which to bring the past back to life; a direct link to the physical presence of the great thinkers and writers we study. They bear witness to profound achievements attained without the use of the modern technologies we take for granted, and to the creative and intellectual capabilities of humankind regardless of time or place. Continue reading

Tom McLeish, and the Ordered Universe in Brisbane

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Tom and Brian Tanner demonstrating how sound works…to a mixed humanities and science audience.

FaWis_450As part of a series of lectures in Australia and New Zealand, on subjects connected to his recent book, Faith and Wisdom in Science, Rheology, and the Ordered Universe project, and fresh from Melbourne, Tom  will be speaking in Brisbane next Tuesday, 15th September, on:

Working with Medieval Scholars on 13th Century Science Texts – A Scientist’s Tale Continue reading

Cheltenham Science Festival…Today!

Cheltenham Festivalscsf-coverThe Ordered Universe will be presenting later today at the Cheltenham Science Festival. Tom, Hannah and Giles will talk with Lord Professor Robert Winston, and with the audience on the project, Grosseteste and Science and Humanities in collaboration. The project was selected by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) as part of its partnership with the Cheltenham Festivals, and the theme of Science in Culture will be very much to the fore in the reflections and discussions later today. Continue reading