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Who Built the Moon? Paperback – Dec 31 2006
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About the Author
Christopher Knight has written five very successful books. His first book, The Hiram Key, co-authored with Robert Lomas, was published in 1996 and it immediately went into the UK top ten, bestseller list and remained there for 8 consecutive weeks. It has since been translated into 37 languages and sold over a million copies worldwide, becoming a bestseller in several countries. Alan Butler, a qualified engineer, but always fascinated by history made himself into something of an expert in astrology and astronomy. He has published four successful books on the Knights Templar and the Grail legend. He is also a published playwright and a very successful radio dramatist. They are co-authors of the best selling Civilization One.
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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.Read more ›
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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.
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?
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. What are the chances of figuring out a system of measure that not only takes into account the size and speed of the Earth, but also the Moon, and manages to have meaningful ratios between them and the Sun, or that such a possibility even exists in the first place? Not likely, at all, leading them to conclude the Moon might have been artificially created or altered to fit the detectable pattern (not to mention allow life to develop here, but that's another story developed in the book).
The fact that the patterns are detectable leads to their hypothesis that these ratios are a kind of message in a bottle: they were meant to be discovered by whatever intelligence put them there. This idea is developed in the last chapters of the book. It's here that something I wasn't expecting appeared: the idea that DNA might follow the same principle. This is the same conclusion Bryant Shiller came to in his book Origin of Life: The 5th Option.
Who Built the Moon? (***1/2) presents some pretty fascinating information and speculation, and while it asks more questions than it answers, that's fine by me. It's a fun and easy read. That said, it still has its flaws: minor inaccuracies, lack of sources, extraneous information that the book could do without. But if you enjoy a good mystery, check it out.
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