17. What will the format of your event be?:
18. Please give any details about the format of your event you feel are relevant.:
Actually this works best when a team of 2 or 3 people representing both the science and humanities parts of the research team present together. This is followed by an audience Q and A. We have deveoped this format in public talks in Oxford and New York. There are some fun stories to tell about digging out ancient mannuscripts in Madrid to find missing Latin words describing the dawn of modern science - real-life "da Vinci Code" stuff!
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data prejector, amplification probably
13. Description of the core message of your event and key topics to be covered (c.100 words):
A global team of scientists and medieval scholars led from Durham University has teamed up to uncover some of the lost science of the medieval centuries. Historian Giles Gasper, Physicist Tom McLeish, colour psychologist Hannah Smithson and cosmologist Richard Bower reveal their findings from 13th century manuscripts by visionary thinker Robert Grosseteste. A three dimensional colour space, the problem of the stability of atomic matter and a "big bang" theory of the medieval cosmos all appear when the dense medieval latin is unravelled....
14. Does the event have particular local relevance?:
15. If so, please indicate what this is:
Grosseteste knew Bede's writings on science, themselves only very recently translated into English for the first time and never before presented at a British Association meeting.
22. Do you consider that the event will attract press interest?:
23. If yes, please summarise up to 4 key points you think will be of press interest:
Scientists and Medieval Scholars discover 13th century Big Bang Theory of the Universe. Durham scientists and scholars find that the Bishop of Lincoln in 1220 invented a 3-dimensional theory of oolour. Computer simulation brings medieval theory of the universe to life.
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24. Do you have any other comments you would like to make or information you would like to include?:
This work is part of a larger international project on medieval science anchored at Durham university called the "Ordered Universe" project. It has already produced a new book, a paper in the Journal of the Optical Society of America and invitaions to present in New York, Prague, Porto, Prague, Oxford. Initial public press coverage has appeared in New Scientist and BBC Sky and Night Magazine. It proves a very popular vehicle to introdude science topics to people whose interests are more within the humanities, but also gives a new historical persective to the scientific assumptions we make today. It also shows what exciting discoveries can be made by scientists and literary/historical scholars working together.
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