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Durham University

Institute of Medieval and Early Modern Studies (IMEMS)

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Heaven's Above! Medieval Time Reckoning and the Dating of Easter

18th November 2016, 15:00, Durham Cathedral, Dr Philipp Nothaft, (All Souls College, University of Oxford)

Take a tour through the fascinating world of medieval time calculation. Find out how the calendar was structured, and time and life were organised in the Middle Ages, in a public talk and discussion in Durham Cathedral. Dr Philipp Nothaft from All Souls College, University of Oxford, will explore medieval star-craft, and the science of time-reckoning, including the dating of Easter. The details of medieval mathematics and the beautiful diagrams in which they were presented, and the long-running arguments over how best to tell the time will all be brought to life. The talk and discussion will take place from 15.00-17.00.

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