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  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Duncan Baird Publishers/Watkins (Dec 31 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1842931636
  • ISBN-13: 978-1842931639
  • Product Dimensions: 2.1 x 15.9 x 23.5 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 408 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Harrison Koehli TOP 500 REVIEWER on Dec 17 2012
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Who Built the Moon? follows the authors' previous book Civilization One, which itself was a sequel of sorts to Christopher Knight and Robert Lomas's Uriel's Machine. In those two books, the authors developed the idea (successfully, in my opinion) that Europe's Neolithic civilization had devised a highly sophisticated method of spatial and temporal measurement by using a pendulum and observations of the movement of the planet Venus. (A similar method was apparently used by the Sumerians as well.) They present the continuation of their research along those lines in this volume.

Now, it has to be said: the title is pretty bad, and doesn't really do the book justice. I wouldn't be surprised if it turns off many readers from even picking up the book. The only reason I did is because I enjoyed the previous books so much. So what do they mean? Well, in the course of their research they found some facts that pretty much defy explanation; specifically, these relate to the distances, sizes, and ratios between the Earth/Moon/Sun system, using said Neolithic system of measurement. The correspondences between just two solar system bodies might conceivably be coincidence, but three kind of boggles my mind. And it's just those three (the most essential for human life); no other three show such correspondences. This doesn't leave Knight and Butler with many options.
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6 of 10 people found the following review helpful By LeBrain HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on Feb. 18 2010
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Christopher Knight wrote this wonderful tome, "Who Build The Moon?" Knight is a Marketing and Advertising specialist, which obviously also makes him an expert in astronomy.

There's a great book that I picked up used many years ago called "The Hollow Earth" by "Dr. Raymond Bernard" (actually someone named Dr. Walter Siegmeister). Like that book, this is a great novelty. I love pseudoscience novelty books. It is similar to people who like reading the Weekly World News. It's better than most books marketed as science fiction or fantasy. In this case, the moon is shown to be hollow or artificial.

In that regard, Knight "proves" that there is something odd or artificial about the moon by throwing facts at you like:
* The moon and the sun appear almost the same size in our sky.
* The moon is almost 1/4 of the size of the Earth.
...and so on on and so forth. I guess whoever accomplished the engineering mastery of the moon wasn't quite good enough to get it exactly 1/4 the size of the Earth, so they had to settle for "almost".

Some sample weaknesses of this book:
* Lack of solid references.
* Lack of knowledge of astronomy. For example, the author claims that if the Earth's axis was on tilted 90 degrees, one side would always face the sun. Well, we have a planet in our solar system just like that (Uranus) and one side does not always face the sun. For that to happen, the planet would also have to stop orbiting. The author could have dicovered this in a first year astronomy text, or even a grade-school book about our solar system.
* The author claims the moon is less dense than water (it's not, but Saturn is).

That's just three examples but I could give you many more. Just pick up an astronomy text to fact-check his numbers.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Shandman on April 8 2014
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There are some very interesting theories with a lot evidence to back them. Anyone looking for an intellectual and thought provoking read should jump at this book
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78 of 90 people found the following review helpful
Sounds weird but this is a very sensible book Dec 11 2006
By N Smith - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
There is some true nonsense amongst the reviews on this book. Because it sounds weird a number of people have dismissed it out of hand - without any valid reason given at all. One individual quotes the book as claiming that; "the Moon is exactly 400 times smaller than the Sun." The reviewer than announces with great pride "This is false, of course. The diameter of the moon is 400 times smaller than the diameter of the sun; but that does not mean the moon, as a whole, is 400 times smaller. The moon exists in 3 dimensions, not one. For example, the mass of the moon is about 27 million times smaller than the sun".

This is typical of the disingenuous logic of certain critics who seem not to have actually bothered to read the book at all. The book makes it very clear that this reference is about observational astronomy i.e. the size of the moon's disc seen the sky is the same size as the sun because it is 400 times smaller but 400 times closer to the earth. The book goes on to deal with the relative mass of the two bodies in some detail.

The numbers and calculations given can be easily checked by any reader with average numerical skills. This book is indeed challenging but a little bit of honesty and objectivity would go a long way here. My I recommend that future reviewers forget thier prejudices and read the book with an open mind.
144 of 173 people found the following review helpful
Too Many Coincidences To Be Chance Alone. Oct. 15 2005
By Harvey L. Gaspar MD - Published on Amazon.com
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Coincidence that the moon's diameter is exactly 400 times smaller than that of the Sun? Coincidence that the one second arc of the Moon's rotation is exactly 100 Megalithic Yards? Coincidence that the Moon exactly blocks the Sun's disk during a solar eclipse so that the Sun's corona can be studied? Without which much of Einstein's work would not have been confirmed. By the way the Moon is also 1/400 of the distance from the Sun which Isaac Asimov described as being 'the most unlikey of coincidences'. That the Moon is almost exactly 1/4 the size in diameter of the earth (which makes it the largest moon for a planet this size) and without its precise posisition at present, life as we know it would not have happened? Too many coincidences to accept as pure chance for me. And the fact that so many of the relationships can be expressed in whole rounded integers (within 99 % accuracy)in the metric system which we have blindly accepted as of modern origin which it apparently is not. All in all, an exciting and easy read even for this non mathmatician. The authors conclude that the moon is not a coincidence of blind nature and offer several (3) answers, which they wisely do not force upon us. The most important thing is that they do force us to think a bit more about what we have accepted blindly for centuries just because it seemed to fit the science of the times. Just as the 'flat earth' did before it.

Two criticisms: 1. The book cover, and several areas in the book state that the Moon is 1/400 the size of the moon. This should have read as the 'diameter' of the moon's disk and the Sun's disk for clarity. 2. Page 41 last paragraph states that the Moon's circumference in Megalithic Yards was divided INTO the total of seconds of arc in the earths orbit. It should have read BY the total of seconds of arc as correctly reflected by the answer given. The math is correct and simple and hard to refute.
And by the way, none of these or similar coincidences are found with the rest of the planets or moons in our solar system. Another coincidence?

Perhaps our scientific community should be willing to look a little closer to home for some of their answers as to the origin of our planet and solar system and in particular to the source of our miraculous Moon.
Both thumbs way up on this one. Maybe more is coming?
98 of 121 people found the following review helpful
education you say? April 27 2006
By Dr. French - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Hey, Mr. Gillis, aka "Real Scientist": I've gone to school, done Graduate work, and have become a doctor. So along the way I have indeed taken quite a few courses on physics, astronomy and the like. I've also always been interested in space travel, astrophysics, and geology personally. The one thing I can say, unequivically, is that my "formal education" has not only not satisfactorly answered many of the big questions, but it is often in error when answering many of the small questions. Once you achieve a good grasp of the subject matter, it becomes painfully obvious that the most revered, most popular theories, are not proven in all circumstances. There has to be some revision, at the very least, which science is loath to undergo. Our moon is a good example. The mainsteam explanation of the history, geology, and physics of the moon, in my view, is far more comical and outlandish that any put forth here by Chris Knight. He may not be totally correct either, but his ideas are moving us towards a much more workable theory given the data. What I do find rather ironic of Mr. Knight's position, is that as a self proclaimed quasi-expert on the moon, he absolutely dismisses the various controversies of the Apollo missions, landings and sample collections which are so crucial in framing his controversial theory. He often takes NASA data and press releases at face value, which is a very risky practice, given NASA's track record of cover-ups, half truths, fraud, collusion, and corruption. An excellent book on these issues is, DARK MOON, which goes more in depth and is more meticulous in its research than Knight's book. Also, he chooses his final theory from three that he has "narrowed down", but once the reader has followed the author down this rabbit hole, it seems odd that he believes it much more likely we were manipulated 4.5 billion years ago by time traveling human beings from the distant future rather than by periodic intervention from other intelligent species. Why take this position? Why the aversion to the possibility of other intelligent life in the Universe? It seems rather silly given the already bizarre nature of the book's premise. Regardless, I truly wish the moon was not so bizarre, because the implications of its true history and relationship to us may be really very disturbing, Alien or not. This book is worth the read if you have a bit of courage because it will spark discussion. I give it 5 stars for this reason, not do to overall quality compared to other books within its genre.
41 of 52 people found the following review helpful
Makes you think.... Dec 30 2005
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Some of the information presented is irrefutable. The mathematical "coincidences" (which actually are no coincidence) make it so that natural theories of the moon's creation are very highly unlikely. Yes, they go into a sort of science fiction area when discussing theories of the "who built it", but if you focus on the data that they have come up with, there is no other conclusion than the moon was "put" there. Who did it? They don't know; I don't know; you don't know - but it's fun to think about it.
30 of 39 people found the following review helpful
Give This Book a Chance - Read it First Feb. 8 2007
By Falko A. Schilling - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I actually believe that this book deserves four stars, not five, but I feel it is only fair to help balance those critics who have made terse attacks on the book without reading it. It also helps if one has read the author's prior publication "Civilization One." This will give the reader a broader perspective on one of the most valuable tenets of the "moon" book, and that is the concept of the "Megalithic Yard." I would suggest that any reader who wishes to open her/his mind to alternative answers also read Peter Russel's "From Science to God." Perhaps Knight's book does go off the edge, because of some very strange mathematical coincidences, but... What If?

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