From the Dark Ages to Dark Matter: Modern Encounters with Medieval Science

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Date(s) - 18 November
10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Durham Cathedral


Lecture by Michael Brooks on the lessons of medieval science to the modern day at Ushaw College on 19 November, 5.30pm

Who are we? Why do we exist? What is the universe? Explore these fundamental questions in an encounter between medieval and modern science, through the writings and imagination of the famous medieval scientist Robert Grosseteste (c.1170-1253). Enjoy a day-long workshop with medieval specialists and modern scientists and unlock the secrets of the medieval universe, the medieval ‘big bang’ and the explanation for the rainbow.

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Free tickets for 18 November are available from the World Heritage Visitor Centre, Owengate, Durham; register your attendance for the free public lecture on 18 November by emailing Dr James Kelly at