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  • Paperback: 624 pages
  • Publisher: Delamere Resources LLC; revised, expanded edition (19 Mar. 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 2913621074
  • ISBN-13: 978-2913621077
  • Product Dimensions: 23.2 x 17.9 x 3.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 840,310 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The British Encyclopaedia names Joseph Justus Scaliger (1540-1609) as the founder of the consensual chronology we live with. Scaliger had considered himself a great mathematician and boasted to have solved the classical ancient mathematical Quadrature of Circle problem that was subsequently proven insoluble. His principal works Opus Novum de emendatione temporum (1583) and Thesaurum temporum (1606) represent a vast array of dates produced without any justification whatsoever, containing the repeating sequences of dates with shifts equal to multiples of the major cabbalistic numbers 333 and 360. Numerology was considered a major science then and J.J.Scaliger was a prominent cabbalist of his time. The English philosopher William Ockham (allegedly 1225-1279 AD) said: "entities should not be multiplied beyond necessity". `Ockham s razor` applied to history leaves us with a vision of humankind where civilization comes into being in the VIII- X centuries at the earliest, if civilization is understood as a hierarchical system consisting of state, army, ideology, religion, communication and writing. Neither J.J.Scaliger nor his followers, clergy or humanists have paid much attention to Ockham s law when they crafted Roman and Greek Antiquity. Their clients were condottieri upstarts who were seeking legitimacy in days of yore in order to become Popes, Cardinals or to found regal dynasties such as the Medici. They paid exceedingly well for a glorious but fictitious past. Thorough research shows that there is literally no reliably datable information about events before the VIII century, and that there is only very scarce information originating from the VIII to the X century. As a matter of fact, most events of Ancient History took place from the XI to the XVI century, were replicated on paper in 1400-1600 AD, and positioned under different labels in an imaginary past. The author cross-checked archaeological, astronomical, dendro-chronological, paleo-graphical and radiocarbon methods of dating of ancient sources and artefacts. Dr Prof Fomenko found them ALL to be non-independent, non-exact, statistically implausible, contradictory and inevitably viciously circular because they are based or calibrated on the same consensual chronology. Unbelievable as it may seem to the readers, there is not a single piece of firm written evidence or artefact that could be reliably and independently dated earlier than the XI century. Classical history is firmly based on copies made in the XV-XVII centuries of 'unfortunately lost' originals. Dr Prof Fomenko s theory simply returns the Chronology of World History to the realm of applied mathematics from which it was sequestrated by the clergy in the XVI-XVII centuries. He and his team have developed a valid and verifiable method of historical research based on statistics, astronomy and logic. The author et al assert that, for example, computer assisted recalculation of eclipses with detailed descriptions allegedly belonging to Antiquity shows that they either occurred in the Middle Ages or didn't occur at all. A simple application of computational astronomy to the rules of calculation of Easter according to the Easter Book introduced by the Nicean council of alleged 325 AD shows that it definitely could not have taken place before 784 AD. Some related questions may arise: when and where was Jesus Christ born, when was He crucified? Was The Old Testament compiled before or after the New One, etc..? No, the New Chronology theory does not cancel events, artefacts, Pyramids, Great Walls, etc..etc, but points to their more probable positions on the time axis. Truly daring! --New REview, CA, USA

History: Fiction Or Science? is a quite scholarly expose of the extreme limitations of our understanding of human history. So few physical records have survived hundreds, let alone thousands of years that it casts even the most conventional understanding of what really happened into doubt. Chapters address the problems of historical chronology in general, astronomical datings, astronomy in the Old Testament, methods of dating ancient events via mathematical statistics, the construction of a global chronological map, the Dark Ages, and much more. Black-and-white illustrations add a vivid touch to this scholarly work that may appear controversial yet deals with a very serious issue directly affecting humanity's comprehension of its own past. --MidWest Book Review, MA, USA

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Born in 1945. Full member (Academician) of the Russian Academy of Sciences, the Russian Academy of Natural Sciences and the International Higher Education Academy of Sciences, as well as a doctor of physics and mathematics, a professor, and head of the Moscow State University Department of Mathematics and Mechanics. Solved the classical Plateau`s Problem from the theory of minimal spectral surfaces. Fomenko is the author of the theory of invariants and topological classification of integrable Hamiltonian dynamic systems. Author of 180 scientific publications, 26 monographs and textbooks on mathematics, a specialist in geometry and topology, variational calculus, symplectic topology, Hamiltonian geometry and mechanics, computer geometry. Also the author of a number of books on the development of new empirico-statistical methods and their application to the analysis of historical chronicles as well as the chronology of antiquity and the Middle Ages.

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17 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Arch Stanton TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 12 Jun. 2011
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The only conspiracies here have to do with the number of insanely positive reviews. All seven five-star reviews have only this one review to their name. Funny that. It's almost like somebody has set up multiple accounts and is trying to up the rating. Parallelism indeed. Two with no other reviews may be coincidence. But seven? Great work pal. Very subtle. You might as well have just copied and pasted your review.

So, I'm not a mathematician and I don't know enough to contradict Fomenko's math, but I don't have to. By that reasoning Fomenko wouldn't be able to contradict me because I'm a Classical History Major and this is (ostensibly) a History book. I can tell you exactly why his math must be wrong and why he should be ashamed to call himself a scientist. Scientists must make the models match the data, not the other way round. When the facts don't fit your theory then the problem isn't with the facts, it's with your theory. And boy do the facts not fit this 'theory.' It would be hard to think of a way in which history could make less sense than it does through his model.

First, a brief explanation for anyone not familiar with this book. Anatoly Fomenko is a Doctor of Mathematics at Moscow State University. Despite a lack of support from his colleagues (who consider his ideas on history nuts) he published a series of seven books in which he rewrote the history of the world based on his ideas of Statistics. As explained on the back cover, "Jesus Christ was born in 1053 A.D. and crucified in 1086 A.D. The Old Testament refers to mediaeval events. Apocalypse was written after 1486 A.D." I'll go more into why he thinks that makes sense later.
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11 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Godzilla on 19 July 2009
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PART II of my earlier review.
I agree with the reviewer who alludes to a Russian anarcho-syndicalist tinge to Dr. FOMENKO. The good Dr has EXTREME paranoia!
Whether he's politically aligned with a Screaming Lord Zhirinovsky brigade or another lot, I can't tell.
Since my Part I back in 2007, I took up YDNA research (in-depth). I notice Dr. FOMENKO avoids DNA. (either MtDNA or YDNA). Ironically this tool & the pedigrees derived from it could prove or disprove many of his theories. Furthermore, NUMISMATICS (i mean broad numismatics & coins --not the phoney cherry-picks he uses) from the Romans, via the "Dark" Ages, Mongol irruptions; and into the Middle Ages can do the same. He claims to be empirical but only selects freakish anomalies which support his pre-set views.

These 2 disciplines (YDNA & numismatics) ought to be pivotal yardsticks.
I think they are omitted because he knows they'd squarely debunk his shock-jock theories. Everyone is aware there are chrono-errors in certain chapters of history in the past 2,000 years...but we're talking of a few years or "decades" at most. Not entire centuries.
As for ancient Egyptian history i AM prepared to concede a possibly larger chrono-error there. Perhaps even as much as 300 years--the type of slippage posited by Derek Rohl, based on jumbling up of the early Kings' Lists. But that's a dicrete issue. One cannot simply lock-stock-transfer the notion of Egyptian chrono-errors into Greek, Roman and mediaeval history. That's false sophistry. Just because a cat is an animal with 4 legs; does not mean all animals have 4 legs.
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15 of 23 people found the following review helpful By A. Hoekstra on 1 Jan. 2005
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This english translation may well be source of the same sort of paradigm shift that Bjorn Lomborg has instigated in environmental research when he exposed many researchers as scaremongers that put us on the wrong track to improvement.
Although the tone is sometimes pedantic the content surprises with a matter of fact and extremely intelligent and consistent presentation using 1500 (!) sources. All arguments in the amazon.com reviews so far that try to "debunk" this book as nonsense are dealt with in a very thorough and convincing fashion in the book.
The picture that very clearly emerges is that of a house of cards where different disciplines (C-14 dating, dendrochronology, archeology and history) need eachother in order to stay consistent about the timeframe from say 2000BC to 1500AC. I was particularly surprised about the fact that most C-14 datings are rejected and they are often off by 1 or 2 thousand years. The procedure seems to be one of carefully choosing the datings that confirm expectations. This is not only the view of renegades like Christian Bloss and Hans-Ulrich Niemitz but also of articles in New Scientist and Nature and the evidence (wrong datings) speaks for itself.
It seems that nobody really ever questioned the datings that where invented by Scaliger and Petavius (based on interpretations from the bible) after the XV century. All the outrageous claims on the back cover are very well substantiated. For me it was interesting that the "dark ages" finally made sense.
Does this mean that I think Anatoly Fomenko is right on all points? I don't think so. Many of the hypotheses that he presents will without doubt be corrected after thorough research. But I do think that his critisism is so valid and so fundamental that it will change or even obliterate current beliefs about ancient history.
I am very curious how the scientific community of historians will react to this outstandingly researched work now that it's available in English.
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