Ordered universe


The Ordered Universe project brings together academics from Durham University and Pembroke

College, University of Oxford.

Bringing together a unique configuration of natural scientists, social scientists and arts and

humanities scholars, the project  integrates the conceptual tools of modern science with the

textual methods of the humanities to explore the richness of Grosseteste’s thought. Our

translations, many for the first time, and which incorporate the groundbreaking concept of

translation into mathematics, enable wider access to this wonderful mind, compelling us to

make new assessments of his perceptive and inventive imagination.

Each team member, from whatever discipline, contributes to editions, translations, analyses and

presentations. In so doing, we are pioneering new ways of working across and between our

disciplines. Trusting one another, and learning to learn from the past have presented creative

demands. We have challenged academic and public preconceptions regarding the value of past science as ‘irrelevant’. To the contrary: the team has published new science (on rainbows, colour and cosmology) inspired by engaging with another thinker from eight centuries ago.

Pupils on the Ordered Universe strand will follow a seminar series exploring the following subjects:

  • Cosmology

  • Physics

  • Cultural Transmission

  • Alchemy

  • Psychology

  • History and Belief

More information can be found on the Ordered Universe website: https://ordered-universe.com/

Pupils on all six Year 12 strands participate in Access Week at the end of the intensive course, allowing for space and time to be dedicated to more specific areas of study led by our team of tutors.