Dr. Alexander R. Jones of NYU via Zoom

The Antikythera Mechanism and Ancient Greek Astronomy

October 13, 2020

7:30 p.m.

Amateur Astronomers Association of Princeton is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting. This meeting is open to AAAP members and the public. Please mute yourself if not speaking. Limit 100 participants.

We are planning to make use of chat for the Q&A session and are planning on ways to reduce the background noise. To address background noise, we are going to follow the rules in the table below regarding the audio. If the background noise gets to loud during Q&A or the Business Meeting we will Mute All.


Only the Business part of the meeting will be locked.

Featured Speaker: Dr. Alexander R. Jones of NYU will give a talk on The Antikythera Mechanism and Ancient Greek Astronomy. The Antikythera Mechanism was a complex geared "tabletop" instrument that was lost in a shipwreck off the Greek island of Antikythera about 60 BC, and recovered in corroded fragments in 1901. It was recognized almost at once as having something to do with astronomy. After three major campaigns of research since 1958, we now know a great deal about its functions and can describe it as a device for displaying coordinated cycles of time and astronomical phenomena simulated at an accelerated rate of time. This talk will focus on how the Mechanism fits within and expands what we know about ancient Greek astronomy.

Using Zoom: While we are, social distancing AAAP has chosen to use Zoom based our belief that many have already used it and its ease of learning. One of its great features is you can choose whether you want to install the software on your computer or use it within your browser.

How to Join the September Meeting: For the meeting, we are going to follow a simple two-step process:

 1. Please make sure you have Zoom installed on your computer. You do not need a Zoom account or need to create one to join the meeting. Nor are you required to use a webcam.

 2. The link to the meeting is --

  Meeting ID: 926 5810 1641
  Passcode: 521428

NOTE: The meeting room will open at 7:00 PM. You will be placed in the waiting room until the speaker has joined us. If you do not have Zoom installed on your computer. tablet, or phone, it will be automatically installed when your join the meeting unless you choose the browser option.

If you click on the meeting link and it doesn’t work, simply copy and paste it into your browser.

More Information on Zoom: The Zoom site has many training videos most are for people who are hosting a meeting. If you’re unsure how Zoom works you might want to view the videos on how to join a meeting or how to check your computer’s audio and video before the meeting.

Looking forward to you joining us on Zoom at the October meeting!

Ira Polans,
Program Chair