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Jones, Alexander

Works: 33 works in 192 publications in 5 languages and 3,134 library holdings
Genres: History  Manuscripts  Conference papers and proceedings  Exhibition catalogs  Biography  Observations 
Roles: Author, Editor, Contributor, Translator, Commentator, Other, Thesis advisor, htt
Classifications: QB21, 526.0938
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Most widely held works by Alexander Jones
Ptolemy's Geography : an annotated translation of the theoretical chapters by J. L Berggren( Book )

20 editions published between 2000 and 2012 in English and held by 575 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Ptolemy's Geography is the only book on cartography to have survived from the classical period and one of the most influential scientific works of all time. Written in the second century A.D., for more than fifteen centuries it was the most detailed topography of Europe and Asia available and the best reference on how to gather data and draw maps. Ptolemy championed the use of astronomical observation and applied mathematics in determining geographical locations. But more important, he introduced the practice of writing down coordinates of latitude and longitude for every feature drawn on a world map, so that someone else possessing only the text of the Geography could reproduce Ptolemy's map at any time, in whole or in part, at any scale." "Historians of science, classicists, and anyone who enjoys beautiful maps or map making will find this work an indispensable addition to their library."--Jacket
A survey of the Almagest by Olaf Pedersen( )

18 editions published between 2010 and 2011 in English and held by 476 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The 'Almagest' by the Greek astronomer and mathematician Ptolemy, is the most important surviving treatise on early mathematical astronomy, offering historians valuable insight into the astronomy and mathematics of the ancient world. Pedersen's 1974 publication, 'A Survey of the Almagest', is the most recent in a long tradition of companions to the 'Almagest'. Part paraphrase and part commentary, Pedersen's work has earned the universal praise of historians and serves as the definitive introductory text for students interested in studying the 'Almagest'. In this revised edition, Alexander Jones, a distinguished authority on the history of early astronomy, provides supplementary information and commentary to the original text to account for scholarship that has appeared since 1974. This revision also incorporates various corrections to Pedersen's original text that have been identified since its publication. This volume is intended to provide students of the history of astronomy with a self-contained introduction to the 'Almagest', helping them to understand and appreciate Ptolemy's great and classical work."--Publisher's description
Ptolemy in perspective : use and criticism of his work from antiquity to the nineteenth century by Alexander Jones( )

20 editions published between 2009 and 2010 in English and held by 448 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Ptolemy was the most important physical scientist of the Roman Empire, and for a millennium and a half his writings on astronomy, astrology, and geography were models for imitation, resources for new work, and targets of criticism. This book traces reactions to Ptolemy from his own times to ours
A portable cosmos : revealing the Antikythera Mechanism, scientific wonder of the ancient world by Alexander Jones( Book )

10 editions published between 2017 and 2019 in English and held by 361 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"From the Dead Sea Scrolls to the Terracotta Army, ancient artifacts have long fascinated the modern world. However, the importance of some discoveries is not always immediately understood. This was the case in 1901 when sponge divers retrieved a lump of corroded bronze from a shipwreck at the bottom of the Mediterranean Sea near the Greek island of Antikythera. Little did the divers know they had found the oldest known analog computer in the world, an astonishing device that once simulated the motions of the stars and planets as they were understood by ancient Greek astronomers. Its remains now consist of 82 fragments, many of them containing gears and plates engraved with Greek words, that scientists and scholars have pieced back together through painstaking inspection and deduction, aided by radiographic tools and surface imaging. More than a century after its discovery, many of the secrets locked in this mysterious device can now be revealed. In addition to chronicling the unlikely discovery of the Antikythera Mechanism, author Alexander Jones takes readers through a discussion of how the device worked, how and for what purpose it was created, and why it was on a ship that wrecked off the Greek coast around 60 BC. What the Mechanism has uncovered about Greco-Roman astronomy and scientific technology, and their place in Greek society, is truly amazing. The mechanical know-how that it embodied was more advanced than anything the Greeks were previously thought capable of, but the most recent research has revealed that its displays were designed so that an educated layman could understand the behavior of astronomical phenomena, and how intertwined they were with one's natural and social environment. It was at once a masterpiece of machinery as well as one of the first portable teaching devices. Written by a world-renowned expert on the Mechanism, A Portable Cosmos will fascinate all readers interested in ancient history, archaeology, and the history of science"--
Astronomical papyri from Oxyrhynchus : (P. Oxy. 4133-4300a) by Alexander Jones( Book )

19 editions published in 1999 in English and Greek, Ancient and held by 271 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Ptolemy's first commentator by Alexander Jones( Book )

11 editions published between 1900 and 1990 in English and Undetermined and held by 249 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A mathematician's journeys : Otto Neugebauer and modern transformations of ancient science by Alexander Jones( )

12 editions published between 2015 and 2018 in English and French and held by 189 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"This book explores facets of Otto Neugebauer's career, his impact on the history and practice of mathematics, and the ways in which his legacy has been preserved or transformed in recent decades, looking ahead to the directions in which the study of the history of science will head in the twenty-first century. Neugebauer, more than any other scholar of recent times, shaped the way we perceive premodern science. Through his scholarship and influence on students and collaborators, he inculcated both an approach to historical research on ancient and medieval mathematics and astronomy through precise mathematical and philological study of texts, and a vision of these sciences as systems of knowledge and method that spread outward from the ancient Near Eastern civilizations, crossing cultural boundaries and circulating over a tremendous geographical expanse of the Old World from the Atlantic to India."--Back cover
Time and cosmos in Greco-Roman antiquity( Book )

8 editions published in 2016 in English and held by 161 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Greeks and Romans lived according to a distinctively Hellenic conception of time as an aspect of cosmic order and regularity. Appropriating ideas from Egypt and the Near East, the Greeks integrated them into a cosmological framework governed by mathematics and linking the cycles of the heavenly bodies to the human environment. From their cosmology they derived instruments for measuring and tracking the passage of time that were sophisticated embodiments of scientific reasoning and technical craft, meant not solely for the study of specialists and connoisseurs but for the public gaze. Time and Cosmos in Greco-Roman Antiquity, the accompanying catalogue for the exhibition at the Institute for the Study of the Ancient World, New York University, explores through thematic essays and beautiful illustrations the practical as well as the artistic, ideological, and spiritual role of time technology and time imagery in the Mediterranean civilizations. Highlights among the more than one hundred objects from the exhibition include marvelously inventive sundials and portable timekeeping devices, stone and ceramic calendars, zodiac boards for displaying horoscopes, and mosaics, sculptures, and coins that reflect ancient perceptions of the controlling power of time and the heavens
The Cambridge history of science( )

12 editions published between 2008 and 2018 in English and held by 136 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This volume in the highly respected Cambridge History of Science series is devoted to the history of science, medicine and mathematics of the Old World in antiquity. Organized by topic and culture, its essays by distinguished scholars offer the most comprehensive and up-to-date history of ancient science currently available. Together, they reveal the diversity of goals, contexts, and accomplishments in the study of nature in Mesopotamia, Egypt, Greece, Rome, China, and India. Intended to provide a balanced and inclusive treatment of the ancient world, contributors consider scientific, medical and mathematical learning in the cultures associated with the ancient world
Book 7 of the Collection by Pappus( )

13 editions published in 1986 in 3 languages and held by 77 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A survey of the almagest : with annotation and new commentary by Alexander Jones by Olaf Pedersen( )

9 editions published between 2010 and 2011 in English and held by 52 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

P.Berl. 9825 : an elaborate horoscope for 319 CE and its significance for Greek astronomical and astrological practice by Dorian Gieseler Greenbaum( )

1 edition published in 2017 in English and held by 33 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The discovery of this elaborate horoscope in the Berlin papyrus collection is a milestone in the history of ancient horoscopes. The papyrus takes its place among very few such detailed horoscopes well preserved from antiquity. This paper discusses both the astronomical and astrological details of P.Berl. 9825, enumerating its contents and situating it within the broader historical and cultural context of astrological material from western antiquity. The first section outlines the physical details of the papyrus, its paleography, and the layout of the material among the different sections of the papyrus. It consists of seventeen columns spread among four framed sections. The beginning of the papyrus is lost, but enough remains to allow reconstruction of the date and time of the horoscope, in addition to the positions of the missing luminaries and planet (Saturn). A transcription and translation with apparatus and textual notes follow. A commentary in three parts follows the first section. Part 1 contains restorations, confirmations and corrections. This includes both a tabular summary of the data given in the horoscope, and a diagrammatic representation of the data. Part 2 consists of an astronomical commentary, comparing the astronomical data in the papyrus with Ptolemy's Almagest and modern theory, to demonstrate that the horoscope was constructed using tables distinct from Ptolemy's, though of comparable quality. The commentary also includes analysis of solar and lunar data, planetary latitudes, and fixed stars "co-rising" with the longitudes of the relevant heavenly body. Part 3 is an astrological commentary. Comparisons with other elaborate horoscopes are made, in addition to analysis of the astrological techniques based on the data provided. Because this is the only extant example of a documentary horoscope containing all seven of the "planetary" lots of Paulus Alexandrinus, there is a more extensive discussion of the lots used here within their historical and cultural context
Inscriptions of the Antikythera Mechanism( Book )

1 edition published in 2016 in English and held by 14 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Pappus of Alexandria, Book 7 of the Collection by Alexander Jones( Book )

3 editions published in 1986 in 3 languages and held by 11 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Astronomical papyri from Oxyrhynchus by Alexander Jones( Book )

1 edition published in 1999 in English and held by 11 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Pappus of Alexandria, Book 7 of the Collection by Alexander Jones( Book )

3 editions published in 1986 in 3 languages and held by 11 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

An eleventh-century manual of Arabo-Byzantine astronomy by Alexander Jones( Book )

4 editions published in 1987 in English and held by 11 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Book 7 of the Collection by Pappus( Book )

4 editions published in 1986 in English and Greek, Ancient and held by 9 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Ancient science( Book )

3 editions published in 2018 in English and held by 8 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Pappus of Alexandria : book 7 of the collection by G. J Toomer( )

2 editions published in 1986 in English and held by 6 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The seventh book of Pappus's Collection, his commentary on the Domain (or Treasury) of Analysis, figures prominently in the history of both ancient and modern mathematics: as our chief source of information concerning several lost works of the Greek geometers Euclid and Apollonius, and as a book that inspired later mathematicians, among them Viete, Newton, and Chasles, to original discoveries in their pursuit of the lost science of antiquity. This presentation of it is concerned solely with recovering what can be learned from Pappus about Greek mathematics. The main part of it comprises a new edition of Book 7; a literal translation; and a commentary on textual, historical, and mathematical aspects of the book. It proved to be convenient to divide the commentary into two parts, the notes to the text and translation, and essays about the lost works that Pappus discusses. The first function of an edition of this kind is, not to expose new discoveries, but to present a reliable text and organize the accumulated knowledge about it for the reader's convenience. Nevertheless there are novelties here. The text is based on a fresh transcription of Vat. gr. 218, the archetype of all extant manuscripts, and in it I have adopted numerous readings, on manuscript authority or by emendation, that differ from those of the old edition of Hultsch. Moreover, many difficult parts of the work have received little or no commentary hitherto
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Ptolemy's Geography : an annotated translation of the theoretical chapters
A survey of the AlmagestPtolemy in perspective : use and criticism of his work from antiquity to the nineteenth centuryAstronomical papyri from Oxyrhynchus : (P. Oxy. 4133-4300a)The Cambridge history of scienceBook 7 of the CollectionA survey of the almagest : with annotation and new commentary by Alexander JonesPappus of Alexandria, Book 7 of the CollectionAstronomical papyri from Oxyrhynchus
Alternative Names
Alexander Jones Canadees wiskundige

Alexander Jones (Wissenschaftshistoriker) kanadischer Wissenschaftshistoriker

Jones, A. R. 1960-

Jones, Alexander, 1960-

Jones, Alexander Raymond 1960-

Александр Джонс

ألكسندر جونز

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