Science, Imagination and Wonder: Robert Grosseteste and His Legacy


Conference 2018: Call for Papers & Posters

Science, Imagination and Wonder: Robert Grosseteste and His Legacy

3-5 April, 2018, Pembroke College, University of Oxford

Papers are invited (for oral or poster presentation) for this conference organised by the Ordered Universe Research Project, funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council, UK, and the International Robert Grosseteste Society. An interdisciplinary project bringing together medieval specialists and modern scientists, the Ordered Universe project is dedicated the scientific works of Robert Grosseteste. The conference will be the fourth International Grosseteste Conference.

The full details can be found at:  Although this site will provide ongoing details of the conference, the fullest and most up-to-date information will appear on the Ordered Universe page. This conference will be the major Grosseteste conference in the next three or four years.

Keynote speakers

  • Prof. Suzanne Conklin Akbari (Centre for Medieval Studies, University of Toronto)
  • Prof. Jim al-Khalili (Department of Physics, University of Surrey)
  • Rev. Prof. Simon Oliver (Department of Theology & Religion, University of Durham)

Further information:

The Medieval Bishop’s Big Bang Theory

BBC Radio 4

Wed. 14 June 2017, 19:00

The Science Stories series, presented by Philip Ball, will include an episode called ‘The Medieval Bishop’s Big Bang Theory’. It will be available on the internet after broadcast.

Philip Ball tells the tale of Robert Grosseteste and his medieval Big Bang Theory. This is the story of how a 12th Century Bishop, obsessed with rainbows, colour and light streaming through Cathedral windows, describes the birth of the cosmos in his treatise ‘On Light’. It’s a tale of daring invention and imagination, of how an early faith in scientific and mathematical principles, coupled to a belief in a universe ordered by God, gave rise to an uncannily prescient idea. It was nothing less than a medieval Big Bang.  [BBC]