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Civilization One: The World is Not as You Thought it Was Paperback – 25 Aug 2005

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  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Watkins Publishing (25 Aug. 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1842931601
  • ISBN-13: 978-1842931608
  • Product Dimensions: 22.8 x 15.4 x 3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,053,869 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Peter Uys HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on 18 July 2005
Format: Paperback
This fascinating book of alternative history examines the evidence of weights and measures and comes to the conclusion that there must have been an advanced culture in prehistory. The structures of the Stone Age were built by using a very precise unit of measurement, called the megalithic yard. The book explores the science behind prehistoric units, their mathematical origin and means of reproduction, and proves that these are linked to the dimensions of the solar system.
The reader must have a basic knowledge of arithmetic but overall the book is an easy read and very revealing. Amongst the topics discussed are writing, Egypt, Sumeria, the Minoan foot, solar and sidereal days, pendulums and the importance of the planet Venus. It turns out that the British Pound and Pint are both derived from ancient measurements. The units of the hour, minute and second were developed more than 4000 years ago, from the movements of the moon.
The text also encompasses subjects like the harmony of the spheres, Sumerian degrees and the calendar, and explains that the metric system is not a recent invention. There is a section on Thomas Jefferson and his achievements; this great man apparently realized that he was rediscovering parts of a very ancient system.
Amongst the most captivating sections is the chapter on music and light. There is a definite correspondence between the rotating mass of our planet and human music. Also, megalithic mathematics produces its own musical structure. The authors conclude that there must have been an advanced people who instructed the rest of the world in science and technology. They also refer to the Masonic concept of the Great Architect of the Universe.
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Having read and enjoyed "Uriel's Machine" by Christopher Knight and Robert Lomas, I found this book to be an excellent companion to the earlier work. The authors have built on and expanded the findings of the late Professor Alexander Thom, who examined in detail, and attempted to explain, the methods used by the builders of the megalithic sites to be found in Britain and Western Europe.

Thom's work was criticised as "Pseudoscience" by the archaeological establishment during his lifetime, but the authors have vindicated Thom and gone on to make some pretty interesting discoveries of their own. At the heart of the mystery of places like Stonehenge, Newgrange, and similar sites, is the fact that the various builders seemed to be using a standardised unit of measurement Thom called the "Megalithic Yard".

The authors theorise, as did Thom, that these ancient builders seem to have used the swing of a pendulum compared to the movements of heavenly bodies such as the planet Venus, to arrive at their units of measurement. This would explain how their Megalithic Yards were so consistent over a wide area.

In "Uriel's Machine" Knight and Lomas presented compelling evidence that these ancient structures seemed to function as observatories, possibly to identify eclipses, the passage of the seasons, etc., but also to look out for warning signs in the heavens of the approach of any rogue comets or asteroids. Knight and Butler have examined the relationship between the dimensions of these buildings and the dimensions of the Earth and come up with some neat mathematical calculations which seem to show beyond reasonable doubt, that the Ancients possessed advanced knowledge of the Earth, Moon, Sun and the planet Venus, and built this knowledge into their various constructions.
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By Peter Uys HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on 18 July 2005
Format: Paperback
This fascinating book of alternative history examines the evidence of weights and measures and comes to the conclusion that there must have been an advanced culture in prehistory. The structures of the Stone Age were built by using a very precise unit of measurement, called the megalithic yard. The book explores the science behind prehistoric units, their mathematical origin and means of reproduction, and proves that these are linked to the dimensions of the solar system.
The reader must have a basic knowledge of arithmetic but overall the book is an easy read and very revealing. Amongst the topics discussed are writing, Egypt, Sumeria, the Minoan foot, solar and sidereal days, pendulums and the importance of the planet Venus. It turns out that the British Pound and Pint are both derived from ancient measurements. The units of the hour, minute and second were developed more than 4000 years ago, from the movements of the moon.
The text also encompasses subjects like the harmony of the spheres, Sumerian degrees and the calendar, and explains that the metric system is not a recent invention. There is a section on Thomas Jefferson and his achievements; this great man apparently realized that he was rediscovering parts of a very ancient system.
Amongst the most captivating sections is the chapter on music and light. There is a definite correspondence between the rotating mass of our planet and human music. Also, megalithic mathematics produces its own musical structure. The authors conclude that there must have been an advanced people who instructed the rest of the world in science and technology. They also refer to the Masonic concept of the Great Architect of the Universe.
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