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Star-taker: The Toledo Astrolabe from the Aga Khan Museum Collection

Lecture

Star-taker: The Toledo Astrolabe from the Aga Khan Museum Collection

Date: Thu, Jun 16, 2016 01:00PM - Thu, Jun 16, 2016 02:00PM
Price: Free with Museum admission. Tickets are available on a first-come, first-served basis on the day of the lecture or can be pre-booked online.

Developed by the ancient Greeks and perfected in Medieval Islamic science, the astrolabe has been called the star-taker, the mirror of the sun, and more recently, the first personal computer. Join Patricia Bentley for a survey of the history and workings of this fascinating astronomical instrument, with particular attention given to a rare and enigmatic astrolabe in the Aga Khan Museum Collection.

Patricia Bentley is a textile expert, museum education specialist, and exhibition curator. As Education Manager at the Aga Khan Museum from 2011 to 2014, Patricia helped to plan and produce the Museum’s inaugural programming season. She continues to pursue her lifelong investigations of patterns as a doctoral candidate in Humanities at York University.



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