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Very interesting and worth a read,
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This review is from: Civilization One (Paperback)
This book is very interesting because it presents an array of mathamatical calculations that are based on what has been surveyed at archaeological sites. The maths can be verified throughout, although it must be accepted that many of the "findings" are the assumptions of the authors - what some reviewers have scorned and criticised as nonsensical convoluted thought. But let us be absolutely straight here, the authors are creative and imaginative and what they present is valid if perhaps overly imaginative at times.
The Megalithic Yard and the Minoan Foot are demonstrated, as a matter of fact, to be superior for all convenient terrestrial and celestial calculations (Relative for Sun, Moon and Earth - but not the planets!) and this is to be admired. The authors are intelligent and supply the reader with a wealth of genuinely fascinating and sometimes bewildering information. The accuracy of their findings from the archaeological point of view are highly debateable, but from the theoretical point of view, what they present is valuable and more than a little interesting.
To sum up, it really doesn't matter if the content of this book has any basis in fact or if it is the pure invention and wishful thinknig of the authors because the information is so useful and enlightening. A truly fantastic read which persuaded me to purchase "Who Made the Moon" by the same authors(I'm awaiting its arrival at the time of this review). From reading the reviews of that book I already know that I shall certainly not agree with the conclusions that the authors present but -just like with this gem of a book - I shall enjoy the "facts" along the way and draw my own conclusions as a result. That is what you can do as well with these thought provoking and thoroughly stimulating books.