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The Shape of the Great Pyramid

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The Shape of the Great Pyramid by Roger Herz-Fischler
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Starting in the late eighteenth century, eleven main theories were proposed to explain the shape of the Great Pyramid. Even though some of these theories are well known, there has never been a detailed examination of their origins and dissemination. Twenty years of research using original source material has allowed Roger Herz-Fischler to piece together the intriguing story of these theories. Archaeological evidence and ancient Egyptian mathematical texts are discussed in order to place the theories in their proper historical context. The theories themselves are examined, not as abstract mathematical discourses, but as writings by individual authors who were influenced by the intellectual and social climate of their time. Among results discussed are the close links of some of the pyramid theories with other theories, such as the theory of evolution, as well as the relationship between the pyramid theories and the struggle against the introduction of the metric system. Of special note is the chapter examining how some theories spread whereas others were rejected.

Author Biography

Roger Herz-Fischler teaches mathematics at Carleton University.
Release date NZ
October 1st, 2000
Country of Publication
Canada
Illustrations
b/w illus
Imprint
Wilfrid Laurier University Press
Pages
306
Dimensions
152x228x17
ISBN-13
9780889203242
Product ID
2245320

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