The Getty Villa
Date: Thursday, July 22
Time: 7:30 p.m.
Location: Getty Villa, Auditorium
Past Event

The astronomer Claudius Ptolemy is famous for arguing that the Earth stands still at the center of the universe, but in fact he was one of the most wide-ranging and intelligent scientists of the Roman Empire. Alexander Jones of the Institute for the Study of the Ancient World in New York surveys his contributions and enduring influence in astronomy, map-making, optics, music, and astrology.

About Alexander Jones
Alexander Jones is professor of the history of exact sciences in antiquity at the Institute for the Study of the Ancient World at New York University. His work centers on the history and transmission of the mathematical sciences, especially astronomy. His current research interests include the contacts between Babylonian and Greco-Roman astronomy and astrology, the Antikythera Mechanism and other artifacts of Hellenistic astronomy, and the scientific work of Claudius Ptolemy.

Jones is the author of several editions of Greek scientific texts including Ptolemy's Geography: An Annotated Translation of the Theoretical Chapters (2000, with J. Lennart Berggren), and served as editor of the recently released Ptolemy in Perspective: Use and Criticism of his Work from Antiquity to the Nineteenth Century (2010). He is a member of the American Philosophical Society, a fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, and recipient of several awards and honors including a Guggenheim fellowship and the Francis Bacon Award in the History of Science.

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Planning your visit
The main gate on Pacific Coast Highway opens to ticketed guests at 6:00 p.m. The auditorium opens at 7:00 p.m., and seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. The galleries and Museum Store will be open before and after the lecture. A selection of light dinner fare as well as beer and wine are available for purchase at the Café until 7:30 p.m.

How to Get Here
The Getty Villa is located at 17985 Pacific Coast Highway in Malibu, California, approximately 25 miles west of downtown Los Angeles. See Hours, Directions, Parking for directions and parking information.