History:Fiction or Science?, Vol. 1 Paperback – Feb 10 2004
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About the Author
Anatoly T. Fomenko was born in 1945. He is a full member (Academician) of the Russian Academy of Sciences, the Russian Academy of Natural Sciences and the International Higher Education Academy of Sciences, as well as a doctor of physics and mathematics, a professor, and head of the Moscow State University Department of Mathematics and Mechanics. He solved the classical Plateau's Problem from the theory of minimal spectral surfaces. Fomenko is the author of the theory of invariants and topological classification of integrable Hamiltonian dynamic systems. he is also the author of 180 scientific publications, 26 monographs and textbooks on mathematics, a specialist in geometry and topology, variational calculus, symplectic topology, Hamiltonian geometry and mechanics, and computer geometry. Mr. Fomenko is also the author of a number of books on the development of new empirico-statistical methods and their application to the analysis of historical chronicles as well as the chronology of antiquity and the Middle Ages.
Top Customer Reviews
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.Read more ›
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.
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.Read more ›
Most recent customer reviews
According to this chronology (which we can name "Ultra High Revised Chronology"), Jesus died in 1086 AD. Read morePublished on April 28 2004 by Dr. Renata Scaffoldini
The author is gone realy too far, but made, a few quite valid points. For example, the carbon-dating process is calibrated nowadays basis "known dates," i.e. Read morePublished on April 28 2004
Fomenko is highly entertaining, if not on target
It should also be possible, as Fomenko states, to study regnal year lengths on a statistical basis. Read more
Why does it say up top that "Mick Jagger" is the translator? Is this an attempt at gaining a wider audience? (... Read morePublished on April 20 2004
mathematicians should stick to mathematics and leave history the hell alone, they wouldn't know common sense if it bit them - they might do well to calculate the geometry of their... Read morePublished on March 29 2004 by Conrad Henderson
So much as opening this book is an insult to your intelligence already. It is amazing someone published it at all, but I guess they publish anything these days, "Mein Kampf"... Read morePublished on March 26 2004 by Ian Bunting
What a disgusting collection of lies. Stuff for ignorant nihilists who think it's cool to doubt everything, including the obvious - for instance, the existence of such famous... Read morePublished on March 26 2004
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