Secrets of the Great Pyramid

Secrets of the Great Pyramid

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ISBN-13: 9780060143275
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 10/01/1978
Edition description: 1st ed.
Pages: 416

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Secrets of the Great Pyramid 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
DirtPriest on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Where to begin... I suppose with stating that the purpose of this book is to show the intricacies and exactness of the Pyramid, and how they prove that the ancient Egyptians were no intellectual slouches. They were able to measure the size of the earth very accurately and establish a unit of measure that became a standard that is still used today, believe it or not. Their standard was based on a segment of arc length of the meridian, carefully calculated by comparing the relative transit speeds of stars at different latitudes. This is the same basis as the metric system and, surprise surprise, they had a foot of exactly 300 millimeters! Also, the list of specific mathematical ratios built into the geometry of the Pyramid itself are so numerous as to be confusing in their numbers. There is even evidence that the southern face is slightly concave to create a shadow effect on the equinox (and only the equinox). Also, there are several chapters discussing early exploration and theories about the Pyramid, surveying results, just such a mass of data that I'll probably read it again in a few months to really let it sink in. I cannot recommend this tome highly enough to anyone who is even remotely interested in the culture of ancient Egypt. I think it is a must have for any serious student of history.
Guest More than 1 year ago
THE Classic Great Pyramid Book Secrets of the Great Pyramids is the original book that first alighted my interest in ancient Egypt, Atlantis, and the mystery of who we really are. Richly illustrated with photographs, engravings, and diagrams, it still inflames my imagination about this only existing wonder of the ancient world. 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 President Ulysses S. Grant and 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 the 1970s, 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.
LannyH on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Don't bother, unless you are also fascinated by theories involving flying saucer inhabitants creating many of the larger features of the man-made world. The book contains some decent general information, but unduly focuses on the work of various idjuts who squandered their intellects and time on mathematical calculations of the pyramids' exact dimensions. These obsessed folk were able to find correlations between various coordinates and lengths of corridors with everything from the magnetic poles to the biblical relation of time since Creation. I could also apply their measurements to peach pits and the distance to Alpha Centauri AB, but I don't think I'd submit my calculations to the Royal Society. If the book were written with a bit more (alright, a whole lot more) dispassion and, dare I say, disbelief, it would make an interesting study of sociological, religious, and pseudo-scientific aberration. Sorry. Reading through the thing upset me. What a waste of talent.