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Durham University

Institute of Advanced Study

Past Events

Being Human: a festival of humanities - The Music of Light: public workshop and poster exhibition

14th November 2015, 14:00 to 16:00, Trevelyan College, Durham University, Elvet Hill Road

‘The Music of Light: Public Workshop and Poster Exhibition’ showcases research into understandings of light from the
Middle Ages to modern science. Explore the creation of colours, send messages along a light beam and experience a simulation of light being bent by the gravity of your own bodies. Alongside modern science historical understandings of light will be presented, especially the world of Robert Grosseteste (d. 1253). This features the work of the Ordered Universe Research Project (, whose members will be on hand to explain the richness of collaboration between medievalists and modern scientists. Supported by the Institute of Physics, during the UNESCO International Year of Light, this event will coincide with the popular Durham Lumiere Festival. This is a free event: but you will need to get hold of a ticket. These will be available from the World Heritage Visitor Centre, Durham.

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