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On the Generation of Sounds Workshop

October 1, 2014 - October 3, 2014

Workshop organized by AHRC the Ordered Universe project and associated Science in Culture Theme Research network at Pembroke College Oxford from 1-3rd October 2014.

This workshop will focus on one of the earliest of Grosseteste’s treatises, the De generatione sonorum  – On the Generation of Sounds. Robert Grosseteste (c.1170-1253), was one of the leading scholars of his age, an early absorber of the new Latin translations of Aristotle, from Arabic, with their Islamic and Jewish commentaries, and a dynamic figure within the western Church.

Dated to the earliest part of Grosseteste’s career between 1200 and 1215, and closely related to the De generatione sonorum  – On the Generation of Sounds, the treatise explores human voice production as well as the question of what sound is, and how it is produced.

The AHRC Ordered Universe Research Project takes a radical interdisciplinary approach involving modern scientists (from
physics, mathematics, cosmology, vision science and others) and medieval specialists (from history, theology, philosophy, history of science and others), in a sustained engagement with Grosseteste’s thought.

There will also be  a number of public lectures as part of the workshop, on Friday 3rd October from 16.30- 18.00. Further information is available here http://ordered-universe.com/2014/09/23/public-lectures-on-the-generation-of-sounds/

A copy of the workshop programme is available here https://durhamgrossetesteproject.files.wordpress.com/2014/06/mahfouz-workshop-plan-final.pdf

This workshop is funded by the Mahfouz Foundation as part of the Mahfouz Interdisciplinary Forum at Pembroke College Oxford.


October 1, 2014
October 3, 2014
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Ordered Universe Research Network
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Pembroke College
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Oxford , OX1 1DW United Kingdom
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