even more interesting about the paper is its conclusion:
"""We cannot know Grosseteste’s view, but the computer simulations have revealed a fascinating depth to his model of which he was certainly unaware. In particular, the sensitivity to initial conditions resonates with contemporary cosmological discussion and reveals a subtlety of the medieval model which historians of science could never have deduced from the text alone. The results provide a striking example of the benefits of our methodology of collaborative reading of texts by a team which contains medievalists, linguists and scientists. The approach is uniquely different from traditional models of cooperation between humanities scholars and scientists, where each group operates strictly within its own discipline to address different questions of common interest. In our project, the groups work together on a single question, approaching it from different conceptual frameworks."""
i will miss Chuck Grimes as well; we used to communicate offlist sporadically to discuss physics, mathematics, and technology. i was so impressed with his ability to read technical articles and think deeply and broadly about them. i'd like to think he would have loved this paper.
On 03/14/2014 08:00 PM, Joseph Catron wrote:
> "When physicists translated a 13th-century Latin text into modern
> equations, they discovered that the English theologian who wrote it had
> unwittingly predicted the idea of the multiverse in 1225.