Secrets of The Lost Symbol: The Unauthorized Guide to the Mysteries Behind The Da Vinci Code Sequel [NOOK Book]

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Unlock the secrets of The Lost Symbol

There is only one Dan Brown?and there is only one Secrets team that has achieved worldwide bestselling success by providing curious readers with compelling and authoritative explorations into the thought-provoking ideas that lie behind Brown's bestselling novels. Once again, Dan Burstein and Arne de Keijzer have gathered a wide range of world-class historians, theologians, scientists, philosophers, symbologists, code breakers, art ...

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Secrets of The Lost Symbol: The Unauthorized Guide to the Mysteries Behind The Da Vinci Code Sequel

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Overview

Unlock the secrets of The Lost Symbol

There is only one Dan Brown—and there is only one Secrets team that has achieved worldwide bestselling success by providing curious readers with compelling and authoritative explorations into the thought-provoking ideas that lie behind Brown's bestselling novels. Once again, Dan Burstein and Arne de Keijzer have gathered a wide range of world-class historians, theologians, scientists, philosophers, symbologists, code breakers, art historians, experts on the occult, and writers and thinkers of all types who give readers the essential tools to understand The Lost Symbol.

Contributors include

Amir Aczel, mathematician, science historian, and author of Fermat's Last Theorem

Karen Armstrong, author of The Case for God and The Great Transformation: The Beginning of Our Religious Traditions

William Arntz, writer and director of the film What the Bleep Do We Know!?

Michael Barkun, former FBI consultant and author of A Culture of Conspiracy

Steven Bullock, author of Revolutionary Brotherhood

Richard Dawkins, scientist and author of The God Delusion and The Greatest Show on Earth

Elonka Dunin, cryptographer

Heather Ewing, architectural historian, former curator at the Smithsonian Institution, and author of The Lost World of James Smithson

Mitch Horowitz, author of Occult America: The Secret History of How Mysticism Shaped Our Nation

Arturo de Hoyos, 33º Mason and leading scholar of Freemasonry

Marcelo Gleiser, professor of physics at Dartmouth and author of A Tear at the Edge of Creation: Searching for the Meaning of Life in an Imperfect Cosmos

George Johnson, science writer and author of Architects of Fear: Conspiracy Theories and Paranoia in American Politics

Irwin Kula, rabbi and author of Yearnings: Embracing the Sacred Messiness of Life

Lynne McTaggart, Noetics expert and author of The Intention Experiment

Michael Parkes, artist and painter of The Three Graces

David Plotz, editor of Slate.com and author of Good Book

Ingrid Rowland, professor at the University of Notre Dame School of Architecture

James Sanborn, artist of the legendary encrypted Kryptos sculpture at CIA headquarters

Marilyn Mandala Schlitz, president of the Institute of Noetic Sciences

Jeff Sharlet, Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative journalist and author of The Family: The Secret Fundamentalism at the Heart of American Power

David A. Shugarts, author of Secrets of the Widow's Son

Mark Tabbert, director of collections at the George Washington Masonic National Memorial and author of American Freemasons

James Wasserman, author of The Secrets of Masonic Washington

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780061986253
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 12/1/2009
  • Sold by: HARPERCOLLINS
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 432
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

Dan Burstein is the world's leading expert on the fiction of Dan Brown. Burstein is also the founder of Millennium Technology Ventures, a New York-based venture capital firm that invests in innovative new technology companies. He is an award-winning journalist and author of thirteen books on global economics, technology, and popular culture.

Arne de Keijzer is co-creator of the Secrets series, which includes Secrets of the Code and Inside Angels & Demons. A former international business consultant, he has also written or contributed to books on subjects ranging from China's impact on the global economy to today's new technologies.

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Table of Contents

Editor's Note xiii

Introduction Dan Burstein xv

Chapter 1 Intellectual Alchemy

Exploring the Complex Cosmos of The Lost Symbol Dan Burstein 3

Chapter 2 History, Mystery, and Masons

Dan Brown's Freemasonry Arturo De Hoyos 51

A Mason Reveals His "Journey to Light" Mark E. Koltko-Rivera 60

Defining Freemasonry Mark A. Tabbert 66

Albert Pike: The Ghost in The Lost Symbol Machine? Warren Getler 71

Mozart and Ellington, Tolstoy and Kipling: Inside the Brotherhood of Famous Masons David D. Burstein 75

Searching for Masons in the Corridors of Power Eamon Javers 81

Chapter 3 Secret Knowledge

The Ancient Mysteries and The Lost Symbol Glenn W. Erickson 89

A Quick Guide to the Philosophers in The Lost Symbol Glenn W. Erickson 100

Secret Knowledge: Hiding in Plain Sight in the Infinite Universe Ingrid Rowland 106

Isaac Newton: Physics, Alchemy, and the Search to Understand the "Mind of God" Thomas Levenson 113

Chapter 4 Science, Faith, and the Birth of a Nation

From the Ground Up: Kindred Spirits Invent the Modern World Steven Johnson 119

Franklin, Freemasonry, and American Destiny Jack Fruchtman Jr. 125

Masons, Skulls, and Secret Chambers: The Postrevolutionaty Fraternity Steven C. Bullock 130

Finding Himself in The Lost Symbol James Wasserman 138

Occult America Mitch Horowitz 145

Chapter 5 Man Meets God, and God Meets Man

What's Been Lost and What Needs to Be Found in Our Times Rabbi Irwin Kula 157

Dan Brown's Religion: Is it me or we? Deirdre Good 166

Science and Religion Face the Beyond Marcelo Gleiser 172

And Never the Twain Shall Meet? Karen Armstrong Richard Dawkins 179

Science Requires That You Step Outside theMental Cocoon George Johnson 185

Chapter 6 Ye are New Age Gods

The Energy That Connects the Universe Lynne McTaggart 193

Noetics: The Link Between Modern Science and Ancient Mysticism Lou Aronica 200

On Becoming a Fictional Character in a Dan Brown Novel Marilyn Mandala Schlitz 212

Bending Minds, Not Spoons William Arntz 216

"Ye Are Gods" The Editors 221

Chapter 7 Mystery City on The Hill

A Masonic Pilgrimage Around Washington, D.C. David A. Shugarts 227

The Lost Smithsonian Heather Ewing 245

Danger in the Wet Pod: Fact and Fiction About the Smithsonian: by the Editors 253

Hiding Out in Jefferson's Palace of the Book: Why Robert Langdon's Adventure Takes Him Inside the Library of Congress: by the Editors 259

What Does The Lost Symbol Get Wrong About the Nation's Capital? Everything David Plotz 267

Chapter 8 Into The Kryptic ... Art, Symbols, and Codes

The Clues Hidden in Circles and Squares: The Art and Symbology of the Lost Symbol Diane Apostolos-Cappadona 277

Venus, the Three Graces, and a Portal to a Divine World Michael Parkes 288

Art, Encryption, and the Preservation of Secrets Jim Sanborn 294

The Summer of the Clues David A. Shugarts 301

William Wirt's Skull, Albrecht Dürer's Magic Square: The Doubleday Clues and The Lost Symbol Mark E. Koltko-Rivera 311

Kryptos: The Unsolved Enigma Elonka Dunin 319

Chapter 9 Divining Dan Brown

The Pursuit of Dan Brown: From Secrets of the Widow's Son to The Lost Symbol David A. Shugarts 329

Caught Between Dan Brown and Umberto Eco: Mysteries of Science and Religion, Secret Societies, and the Battle for Priority over New Literary Genres Amir D. Aczel 347

Chapter 10 Brownian Logic

Not All Is Hope: Reading the Novel's Dark Side Michael Barkun 361

The Politics of The Lost Symbol Paul Berger 367

Secret Fundamentalism at the Heart of American Power Jeff Sharlet 370

Geography Holography, Anatomy: Plot Flaws in The Lost Symbol David A. Shugarts 377

Dan Brown's Great Work: An Exercise in Maybe Logic Ron Hogan 384

The Critics Speak-Loudly Hannah De Keijzer 393

Acknowledgments 399

Contributors 403

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