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Secrets of the Great Pyramid Hardcover – 1 Apr 1997
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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.
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The author Peter Tompkins expertly weaves enticing anecdotes about the history of the Great Pyramids. This is a book that’s jam-packed with so much information, that even though I’ve read it numerous times, I still learn more every time I pick it up.
Tompkins describes how ancient people probed the Great Pyramid’s mysteries, that Isaac Newton was fascinated with the Pyramid, how Napoleon conquered Egypt with a battle fought in sight of the Pyramid, and the stories of early explorers such as Richard Howard-Vyse, Piazzi Smyth, and William Flinders Petrie.
Do you know that mummy flesh was once a popular medical remedy in Europe? That’s the kind of intriguing anecdote you’ll find interspersed among the captivating stories of the early theories, exploration, and discoveries at the Pyramid.
I also love the photographs of 19th century tourists including a number of ladies in long Victorian skirts and bonnets climbing on the mega-ton boulders making up this monumental structure. Tompkins also connects theories about the purpose and the builders of the Pyramid with theories about other ancient ruins such as Stonehenge and observational towers in old Ireland.
Interspersed are stories and photographs of Egyptian ruins of temples, stone bas relief carvings, and hieroglyphics. In exploring these theories on the purpose of Great Pyramid, he weaves enticing anecdotes with mathematical descriptions, including the mysterious phi relationship, or Golden Section.
Tompkins describes the inner chambers of the Pyramid, its puzzling passageways and the speculations of their original use, including the idea that the Pyramid had once been a temple of initiation.
He also delves into recent experiments done with computers and the discovery that the shape of the pyramid dries out or mummifies dead animals. In addition, he explores theories of secret passageways and secret chambers yet undiscovered in the monolithic structures.
Tompkins even goes bravely into theories that the Great Pyramid could have been a landing pad for extraterrestrials and that it might have been used as an astrological observatory as well as an astronomical observatory.
Because Secrets of the Great Pyramid was first published in 1971, it does not contain recent experiments to determine the purpose of the air ducts in the Kings Chambers or theories of the alignment of the three pyramids with the belt stars in the constellation Orion.
However, there is so much this fascinating information in this book that the first time I read it, my imagination was so ignited that I had a dream in which I could read hieroglyphics. Read it. You’ll love it.
the possible origins of the great pyramid. It
is ojective and candidly written, and covers the
many extant theories of the pyramid's origins
in good detail. Also good coverage of the probable
measures used by the original architect, with
measured speculation on the possible encoded
meanings embodied in the various dimensions. Compelling
arguments for alternative uses of the pyramid
(e.g. as an astronomical observatory) during and after
its construction. This book has certainly fueled
my imagination to a greater extent than any other
book written about the great pyramid.
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