Harper & Row (1971), Edition: 1st, 416 pages
Probes the mystery of the construction and significance of the Great Pyramid of Cheops, suggesting that it enshrines the scientific data of an advanced Egyptian civilization.
LibraryThing member DirtPriest
Where to begin... I suppose with stating that the purpose of this book is to show the intricacies and exactness of the Pyramid, and how they prove that the ancient Egyptians were no intellectual slouches. They were able to measure the size of the earth very accurately and establish a unit of measure that became a standard that is still used today, believe it or not. Their standard was based on a segment of arc length of the meridian, carefully calculated by comparing the relative transit speeds of stars at different latitudes. This is the same basis as the metric system and, surprise surprise, they had a foot of exactly 300 millimeters! Also, the list of specific mathematical ratios built into the geometry of the Pyramid itself are so numerous as to be confusing in their numbers. There is even evidence that the southern face is slightly concave to create a shadow effect on the equinox (and only the equinox). Also, there are several chapters discussing early exploration and theories about the Pyramid, surveying results, just such a mass of data that I'll probably read it again in a few months to really let it sink in. I cannot recommend this tome highly enough to anyone who is even remotely interested in the culture of ancient Egypt. I think it is a must have for any serious student of history.
LibraryThing member LannyH
Don't bother, unless you are also fascinated by theories involving flying saucer inhabitants creating many of the larger features of the man-made world. The book contains some decent general information, but unduly focuses on the work of various idjuts who squandered their intellects and time on mathematical calculations of the pyramids' exact dimensions. These obsessed folk were able to find correlations between various coordinates and lengths of corridors with everything from the magnetic poles to the biblical relation of time since Creation. I could also apply their measurements to peach pits and the distance to Alpha Centauri AB, but I don't think I'd submit my calculations to the Royal Society. If the book were written with a bit more (alright, a whole lot more) dispassion and, dare I say, disbelief, it would make an interesting study of sociological, religious, and pseudo-scientific aberration. Sorry. Reading through the thing upset me. What a waste of talent.
0060143274 / 9780060143275
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