Watch Tom McLeish talking through Grosseteste on Colour and the Rainbow at the Royal College of Art, for a conference on Colour through Time: Enjoy!
News on the first volume of six from the Ordered Universe presenting the scientific works of Robert Grosseteste. The first volume is avialable for pre-order from both the Oxford University Press website and at Amazon (UK and others). The first volume has a shipping weight of 739 grams and is 640 pages in total, and features 19 co-authors (it is not an edited volume but a co-authored monograph, under the aegis of Ordered Continue reading
As followers of the Ordered Universe will know the project will be represented in four sessions and a round-table at the International Medieval Congress in Leeds. All sessions take place on Tuesday 2nd July, and work around the conference theme of materiality. We move from the physics of light and dimensions of materiality, to theories of vision, Continue reading
Ordered Universe will be taking part in the 2019 Leeds International Congress, the largest forum for sharing research on the Middle Ages in Europe. The project has a lot to offer on the special conference theme of ‘Materialities’ so we proposed four sessions and a roundtable, all of which were accepted. The Ordered Universe activities will take place Continue reading
It is almost 10 years (bar 5 months) since Tom McLeish, freshly minted as Durham’s second Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Research, came to the History department in search of anyone who knew something about Grosseteste. What he got was the Ordered Universe project, of which he has been the driving force and inspiration. Tom left for the University of York this year, but capacities as a scholar, friend, leader and mentor were honoured at Durham University yesterday, 29th May, with a conference organised by Kislov Voitchovsky and Karis Baker, representing Tom’s varied interests and contribution to learning (and to the enormous difference he made to research culture at Durham). Brian Tanner and Giles Gasper represented the Ordered Universe project, Brian in a summary of Tom’s considerable achievements, Giles in a discussion of Grosseteste, pastoral care and the place of science and scientific metaphors in that discourse. Papers followed on rheology (the science of flow), theology and science, neuroscience, emergent structures and philosophy of science, scale, and interdisciplinarity. All in all a proper testament to Tom’s commitment to teaching, learning, research and the old-fashioned virtues of enthusiasm, support for the possible, and the staying power and resilience to bring things to fruition. We in Ordered Universe know these qualities well!
It was also a delight to learn that Tom has been awarded the 2018 Lanfranc Award for Education and Scholarship by the Archbishop of Canterbury. The award, named for Lanfranc, Archbishop 1070-89, predecessor of Anselm (very familiar to Grosseteste), marks outstanding work in education and science. We could not think of a more worthy recipient. So, congratulations to Tom, and a big thank you as well!
Last week the Ordered Universe team met at McGill University, Montreal. Some 18 members of the core group, from Durham, York, Oxford, Lincoln, Beirut, Siena, Berlin, Washington DC, Toronto, and the home team from Montreal, gathered together in the Continue reading
A free public lecture from the Ordered Universe team on the world of Robert Grosseteste, sounding objects, how contemporary science finds its cultural and intellectual identity, the importance of listening to the past and how delicate what we know turns out to be, science, religion and Grosseteste’s contested legacy between English Protestant and Catholic authors – all in an hour!
Ordered Universe is off on its travels. Fresh from our project conference, Easter School and participation in other conferences and colloquia, the next symposium takes place in Canada, at McGill University, Montreal. We are delighted to be hosted by Professor Faith Wallis, a core team member, and are very much looking forward to four days of collaborative reading in such a stimulating environment. Three texts are on the menu, a re-reading of Grosseteste’s On the Six Differences edited and translated by Sigbjørn Sønnesyn on notions of the horizon and up/down/left/right/back/front, and two new ones. The first is On the Supercelestial Motions, edited by Cecilia Panti, and newly translated by Neil Lewis, the second On Corporeal Motion and Light, edited and translated by Neil. These are the tenth and eleventh of Grosseteste’s scientific opuscula to be tackled by the team, thirteen in total. As we work through the texts, the sense of the intricacy and intensity of Grosseteste’s thought comes to the fore time and again. In the texts to be considered roots of characteristic aspects of his later thought emerge, for example the identification of nature with the first form, namely light. More than shades of On Light…
The symposium will also feature a public lecture to be delivered in the Redpath Museum, by Tom McLeish, Giles Gasper and Jack Cunningham, with details to follow. The symposium will be followed by a graduate conference at McGill, and then by members of the team making their way steadily westwards to Kalamazoo and the International Medieval Congress. We are very grateful to Faith and to Shameem Mooradun for expert organisation, and for helping to shape our twentieth collaborative reading meeting. And they get better every time!
The Ordered Universe team tend to find themselves contemplating a dark sky rather than a dark forest and thinking about how the straight paths through the universe were found, rather than the paths through heaven and hell, but this week Ordered Universe team members Giles Gasper and Tom McLeish were Virgil to the audience’s Dante as they led a lunchtime lecture in Durham University’s Institute of Advanced Study.