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Product Details

  • Paperback: 624 pages
  • Publisher: Mithec (February 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 2913621058
  • ISBN-13: 978-2913621053
  • Product Dimensions: 17.8 x 3.8 x 23.5 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 Kg
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,179,229 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"One often comes across accounts of a steel chisel found in the external masonry of the Great Pyramid of Cheops (Khufu, the beginning of XXX century b.c.); however, it is indeed most probable that said tool got there during a later age, when the pyramid stones were pillaged for building purposes." Read the first page
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 28 2004
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Sky&Telescope Magazine confirms results, but does not buy Fomenko's theory
Fomenko uses astronomy data to support his argument that history is too long and that many historical events happened more recently than we thought. The temple walls and sarcophagi of some Egyptian ruins are decorated with depictions of the sun, moon, and planets as observed in the different zodiacal constellations. If a given depiction is accurate - that the celestial bodies were observed and placed correctly in the constellations - a horoscope can be used for dating. Fomenko has deciphered over a dozen Egyptian horoscopes. He claims, that the latter show dates that are 2-3 thousand of years later than conventionally thought. Most well-documented ancient eclipses actually took place in the Middle Ages.
Roger Sinnott, studied astronomy at Harvard and is an editor at the respected Sky & Telescope Magazine checked Fomenko's calculations for the famous trio of eclipses from Thucydides's account of the Pelopponesian War. The three eclipses are conventionally dated to 431, 424, and 413 BC. Fomenko finds these dates as non adequate to narrative of Thucydides's and finds exact solutions as late as in 1133, 1140, and 1151 AD.
The second example is the eclipse of 190 BC described in Livy's history
of Rome. Fomenko redates this event to 967 AD.
Fomenko`s dates accommodate details from ancient descriptions that the conventional dates do not. For example, Thucydides wrote that the first of his three eclipses was solar and that the stars were visible, that means that the eclipse was total. The accepted solution of August 3, 431 BC involves an eclipse that was only partial in Greece.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Stephen Blake on March 29 2004
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It should hardly surprise us that historians demonstrate such bloodthirst when it comes to the brilliant Russian mathematician - if enough people begin to question the foundations of world history and find all the tremendous inconsistencies buried there, the historical profession shall cease to exist and make way for the new natural science. If Fomenko isn't eaten alive come that bright day, that is.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Daniel Tanner on Dec 12 2003
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Dear Diamond Robert of Princeton,
Don`t be rude, just add more venom in your argument. Otherwise no Princeton lecturer of history will give you extra credits for attacking Fomenko the Heretic. For Christ`s sake don`t touch C14, it is both radioactive and contradictory, there too many of +/-1000 anno dating errors. Tell all your friends and relations NEVER talk, read or even think about FOMENKO, it is a real thought crime.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Alex Minkowski on March 18 2004
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Too bad, but "History: Fiction or Science?" cannot be dismissingly classified neither as special "forgery" for American public nor as conspiracy thriller. It looks and smells as academic research dedicated to facts of long term distortion of history and manipulation of chronology. Fomenko's is a tall order; small wonder he's shot at. A real eye-opener!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on July 17 2004
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History: Fiction Or Science? is a quite scholarly expose of the extreme limitations of our understanding of human history. So few physical records have survived hundreds, let alone thousands of years that it casts even the most conventional understanding of what really happened into doubt. Chapters address the problems of historical chronology in general, astronomical datings, astronomy in the Old Testament, methods of dating ancient events via mathematical statistics, the construction of a global chronological map, the Dark Ages, and much more. Black-and-white illustrations add a vivid touch to this scholarly work that may appear controversial yet deals with a very serious issue directly affecting humanity's comprehension of its own past.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Cabbalist on March 22 2004
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If you can't handle an alternate view of history and how it may have been purposely kept from the general public, don't read this book. It is the best book I've ever read about history.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Alec on March 27 2004
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Earth was flat. Humans saw that it was flat, books were telling scholars that it was flat, teachers were teaching students it was flat; scientists knew it was flat. There was some disagreement about the way it was kept afloat, most common versions were elephants, whales and turtles, but that was subject for scientific discussion. Until Magellan sailed around the globe and proved all this science wrong.
This book is precisely about same situation. Although it is written for casual reader, it still bears all the traits of scientific research. I was suspicious about credibility of this book, because of the scandalous 10,000.00 bet placed as advertisement here (you can beat math only by math, and guy who posted the ad knows this).
I've studied math using Fomenko's textbooks as supplementary source at Fraser university (there are around 14 textbooks on math, at least known to me, written by Fomenko and translated to English, pretty expensive and rare as all advanced textbooks, but I'm pretty sure it is possible to fish something at your local university, here is the one for the start - ISBN: 0792326067).
I've run some of the statistical examples in SPSS (of course simplified and using data from the book) and results were similar. Math doesn't lie, but there is old saying "garbage in - garbage out", so take my results as is. Anyway, history as a science is based on books written by previous generation of historians, who based their works on works of previous generation of historians, supplemented by archeological digs (great deal of assumptions was made there too, as people didn't usually mark their belongings with dates), so it definitely needs some mathematical treatment.
It is very difficult to digest the new version of history from Fomenko without getting allergic shock.
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