Syntaxis Mathematica


jonathan_whitfill04-webSyntaxis Mathematica

steel, public art installation [link]
Texas Tech University, Lubbock, Texas

‘Syntaxis Mathematica’ is the Latin translation of a treatise that has the rare distinction of being the longest scientific text in use in human history. It is credited to an Astronomer named Ptolemy, and was used to predict the motion of the planets and stars for over a thousand years, until the Copernican Revolution.  ‘Syntaxis Mathematica’ is credited with determining Astronomy as a Science. Even though Ptolemy was incorrect in his hypothesis that the Earth was located in the center of the Universe, he helped develop a system that explained the celestial sphere’s motions made of orbits consisting of perfect circles, that included yet another perfect circle, called an epicycle, within that motion.

Anyone who loves circles that much, we can truly respect.

Texas Tech University System Public Art Collection, installed August 30th, 2016


A documentary about the process and installation is now in the form of 4 short videos by Ray Rush.

part 1
part 2
part 3
part 4

New site for a new Jon

Jon Whitfill has a new, shiny, fast, responsive website. It can look a bunch of different ways, but the content (such as these words and images) will stay on this Post.


~Yes, this is a post, a short blog page that I usually use for news or events or something. Pages are the menu categories that we use to divide up and feature more permanent content, like “resume” or “about” pages.

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Ok, so POSTS can also ‘publicize’ your activity. We can connect it to your Facebook so every time you publish a page it posts it automatically to your wall. Also, notice the little ‘social media sharing’ buttons below. So, people can instantly post your POST to their twitter feed or whatever.

We can also allow ‘comments’ or ‘disable comments’ for each post. Which lets other people post on your website. (I don’t allow this anymore.) If you scroll down further you will see an area for this.

Below is also the ‘metadata’ stuff that you ‘tag’ words or put posts into a ‘category’ such as art, events, thoughts, awards, or writing.