Time-Reckoning and Science: The Fifth Galway Conference

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Every two years since 2006, the National University of Ireland in Galway has hosted a big international conference dedicated to ‘computistical science’ in the Middle Ages. (Usually supported by IBM, believe it or not). The line-up for this year’s conference has just been announced – in full below – and, quite frankly, it looks just as intense as you’d imagine: a heady brew of maths, numerical patterns, astronomy, manuscript studies and long-distance cultural exchanges.

As I think I’ve said before on here, ‘computistical science’ is one of the areas of research in which genuinely new and exciting discoveries seem to be being made on a regular basis. Immo Warntjes, in particular, has proven that it is possible to unearth major new texts for the period, if one only pays attention to the details and ‘returns’ to the manuscripts. I’ve tried this a few times and never with Immo’s great…

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