The Ordered Universe
The Importance of our own Past: Research at Durham University
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.
Dr Giles Gasper, Durham University – History/Theology (Principal Investigator)
Professor Tom McLeish, Durham University – 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, University of Bergen and University of Copenhagen – History/Medieval Latin
Professor Brian Tanner, Durham University – Physics
Dr Mike Huxtable, Durham University – English
The Ordered Universe This film examines the Arts and Humanities Research Council funded 'Ordered Universe' project which brings together medieval scholars and scientists to consider the writings of an exceptional 13th Century Bishop, Robert Grosseteste. Research collaboration has inspired a new perspective on Grosseteste’s writings as well as new scientific experiments. Featuring Dr Giles Gasper, University of Durham, Dr Hannah Smithson, University of Oxford, Professor Tom McLeish, University of Durham and science writer, Dr Michael Brooks the film looks at the benefits of inter-disciplinary research and the possibility of working reciprocally between the sciences and the arts and humanities. This film was made at a public workshop in Durham Cathedral organised in November 2014 as part of Being Human: the UK’s first festival of the Humanities. It also demonstrates how members of the public can contribute to research creation. Further information about the Ordered Universe project, which is funded by the AHRC and developed under the Science in Culture Theme, is available at www.ordered-universe.com.