Music and the Stars: Mathematics in Medieval Ireland – A Model for the Present?
Date: 17-18 July 2012
Time: Registration begins on Tuesday 17th July at 9.30am
Location: National Library of Ireland, Dublin
Fees: €50 per person, €30 concessions
The event is a 2-day interdisciplinary conference on the history of science in medieval Ireland. Papers, delivered by an international panel of speakers, will elaborate the model of mathematics provided by medieval education, with reference to extant manuscripts of Irish provenance. Discussions of the mathematical content of the great artistic and literary achievements of the period will be included. Papers will also explore the manner in which a truly interdisciplinary approach, inspired by this model, may be applied to education today.
While individual works of great scholarship throw much light on particular aspects of Ireland's scientific history, a diligent exploration of broader academic discussions on the history of science of the medieval period suggests that Ireland had no role to play this stands in stark contrast to the evidence provided by Ireland's extant literary and artistic achievements. Ireland's scientific history marks a continuity of achievement that stretches over one and a half thousand years and bodes well for our continued contribution to European science. This event acknowledges that history.
Speakers include: Charles Burnett (Warburg Institute, London), Howard Clarke (RIA), Siobhán Fitzpatrick (RIA), David Howlett (Oxford), Dáibhí Ó Cróinín (NUI Galway), Maura Ó Cróinín (NUI Galway), Pádraig P. Ó Néill (Chapel Hill, North Carolina), Marina Smyth (Univ. of Notre Dame), Robert Stevick (Univ. of Washington), Immo Warntjes (Univ. of Greifswald).
The Royal Society of Antiquaries of Ireland gratefully acknowledges the generous contribution of the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht. The conference is grant-aided by the Heritage Council of Ireland under the Heritage Education, Community and Outreach Grant Scheme 2012.