Medieval Physics Conference – Oxford, 27 Feb. 2016

Saturday 27th February 2016,10.30 am – 5.00 pm
St Cross College, University of Oxford
The conference is intended to challenge the commonly held view of the prolonged gap in the progress of Western civilisation’s understanding of the natural world between the theories of the Ancient Greeks, led in particular by Aristotle and Plato, and the formation of the modern world view leading to the heliocentric theory of the Solar System and the theories of mechanics and gravity. These modern theories were in fact the result of centuries of empirical and theoretical work, which was conducted mainly in the universities of Europe and in particular at Oxford and which replaced in turn the Aristotelian world view of antiquity and then the literally biblical view of the Church. The conference will review the contributions of these medieval scholars working in Oxford and is intended to demonstrate the evolution of this activity from its theoretical, theological origins into the activity using mathematics and experimental observations which forms the basis of modern physics.

Confirmed speakers include:

Dr Jack Cunningham (Bishop Grosseteste University) – Robert Grosseteste: The Oxford Years

Brian Clegg (author of The First Scientist: A Life of Roger Bacon) – Doctor Mirabilis: Roger Bacon’s Legend and Legacy

Dr Allan Chapman (University of Oxford) – Friars, Physicists and Natural Philosophers in Medieval Oxford

Dr James Hannam (author of God’s Philosophers) – Medieval Physics at Oxford: Who, What and Why?

Professor Nicolas Weill-Parot (Université Paris-Est Créteil) – The Historical Meaning of Late Medieval Physics in Oxford

Registration to attend this conference is free, but must be confirmed by Monday 22nd February. See