Facebook greeted me today with this little graphic: Given that this is the radar picture over the UK this morning, it’s not surprising that several Facebook users felt a certain irony. But in what sense is it the first day of summer? As the Met Office explain in a lovely clear blog post, it depends whether you’re talking about the meteorological summer or the astronomical summer. For our forecasting friends, summer began three weeks ago on 1 June. (Though as my wife often
OK, so I missed Andy Murray’s Wimbledon semi-final. And I missed seeing England hammer the Aussies in Cardiff. But I didn’t care. Because I was incredibly excited to be at my first Chaucer conference. The Biennial London Chaucer Conference took place at the Institute of English Studies last Friday and Saturday. Given that the manuscript I work on has been (wrongly) attributed to Chaucer, and that the theme of this year’s conference was “Science, Magic, and Technology”, th
I recently returned from the International Congress on Medieval Studies. It’s held every year at the University of Western Michigan in Kalamazoo (USA), and this year was the 50th congress. 3000 medievalists met to discuss everything from Viking archaeology to Middle English poetry – and of course there was a mead and ale tasting. I’ll put together some tweets from the congress in a future post. For now, here’s a recording (with PowerPoint slides) of my presentation at the
I wrote this post for the Peterhouse Perne and Ward Libraries blog. It is cross-posted from there with their kind permission. 28 May saw the launch at the Whipple Museum of the online Peterhouse Manuscripts Collection, housed in the Cambridge Digital Library. The collection aims to present highlights from the College’s collection of 276 medieval manuscripts, and will be developed as time and funding allow. High-quality images are presented alongside searchable transcript
Regular readers of this blog (if there are any, I should apologise to them for my long silence) will be familiar with the story of King Arthur’s Table. You won’t need me to remind you how I was lucky enough to discover this forgotten object in the stores of the Whipple Museum of the History of Science, and then spent much of 2013 investigating its biography. You’ll already know, I’m sure, that the story takes in Sir Lawrence Bragg, the Cavendish Laboratory and its workshops.
I wrote this post for the blog of the 24th International Congress of History of Science, Technology and Medicine (iCHSTM), which takes place in Manchester on 21-28 July 2013. Loyal readers of this blog won’t find much new here, but it’s a fair summary of my research so far. I have modified my views slightly since writing this, mainly about how sophisticated an astronomer the equatorium’s creator was, and how sure we can be about Schöner’s purposes. I’m looking forward to di