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A 13th century theory of everything


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12:00 - 13:00


The Royal Society, London, 6-9 Carlton House Terrace, London, SW1Y 5AG


A collaborative research approach is bringing new life to medieval theories about the universe.

Spectra from light shone through prisms (1817)

Grosseteste was an English polymath who studied the physics of light and used it to explain colour and the rainbow, and the origin of the universe. Inspired by Grosseteste's model, The Ordered Universe Project is bringing together historians, scientists linguists and philosophers to jointly study medieval texts in an aim to bridge the current perception gap between the study of science and humanities.

In their talk, Dr Giles Gasper and Professor Brian Tanner revealed why 800 years later, Grosseteste's theories are as relevant as ever.

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A 13th century theory of everything The Royal Society, London 6-9 Carlton House Terrace London SW1Y 5AG UK