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Institute of Medieval and Early Modern Studies (IMEMS)

The Ordered Universe

The Importance of our own Past: Research at Durham University

The Importance of our own Past: Research at Durham University

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Dr Giles Gasper explains that by bringing together historians and scientists we are shedding new light on medieval thinking and what it means for scientific learning today.

The Ordered Universe Project is run from Durham and has both UK and International partners. It is dedicated to interdisciplinary reading of the scientific works of Robert Grosseteste (c.1170 – 1253). The aim of the project is to re-edit, translate the scientific treatises, and present them from the perspective of their own intellectual history, and to analyse them functionally, using where appropriate the insights and conceptual tools of modern science. An interdisciplinary reading is able to identify fresh and invigorating insight into the scientific works of this remarkable thinker.

Key investigators:

Dr Giles Gasper, Durham University – History/Theology (Principal Investigator)

Professor Tom McLeish, University of York – Physics

Dr Hannah Smithson, University of Oxford – Vision Science (Co-Investigator)

Dr Cecilia Panti, Universita di Roma, Tor Vergata – Philosophy of Science

Dr Sigbjorn Sønnesyn, Durham University – History/Medieval Latin

Professor Brian Tanner, Durham University – Physics

Dr Mike Huxtable, Durham University – English

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