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Maya Cosmogenesis 2012: The True Meaning of the Maya Calendar End-Date
Maya Cosmogenesis 2012: The True Meaning of the Maya Calendar End-Date
by John Major Jenkins
Edition: Paperback
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53 of 70 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Don't expect anything to happen in 2012., June 25, 2003
The book is rambling and almost unreadable. It is filled ideas that are presented without any substantiation and no other interpretations of the Maya glyphs are discussed. I have the feeling that the author falls into the trap of seeing what he wants to see. He uses incredible stretches to create a link between his own beliefs and the Maya remains. His many words seem to contain little substance, other than a reiteration of his own ideas. He keeps repeating his main theme as if it is a proven fact. When his ideas are contradicted by others, in keeping with most writers who are proposing incredible beliefs without proofs, he attacks the person rather than the person's ideas.
Most of his scientific ideas are false or make little sense. He does not mention that the center of the Galaxy cannot be located with the naked eye and can only be located by infrared and radio astronomy. Setting his unimportant alignment to a particular date would require incredible precision in locating the galactic center. In chapter 17 he descends into incredible foolishness. What can he have been thinking when he wrote, "The universe is revealed as a multidimensionally interwoven ecology of evolving intelligences, set to make their presence known by AD 2012." Or, "How else do transdimensional influences emerge into our world unless they have been brought through the central nexus via a type of conjuring." These silly statements that make no sense go on and on in this chapter and in chapter 25. Maybe some people are fooled into believing that his use of long, important sounding words give the writing a semblance of deep erudition. To me they are just nonsense. How can he say, "They gazed deeply into the cosmic center, the Black Hole in the center of our galaxy, and to them the work of modern physics would probably seem like child's play." All these foolish comments cast a dark cloud over everything in the book and hide any real ideas it may contain.
In summary, I think the book is nonsense to the extent that I am familiar with the material. For an assessment of his extreme interpretations of Mayan glyphs it will be necessary to talk to an expert on the subject. To me his explanations seem to be too farfetched to have any credibility.
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Secrets in the Fields: The Science and Mysticism of Crop Circles
Secrets in the Fields: The Science and Mysticism of Crop Circles
by Freddy Silva
Edition: Paperback
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23 of 71 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars The Great Crop Circle Hoax, January 22, 2003
This is a remarkably silly book. The author has performed an extensive analysis of crop circles; unfortunately he seems to have seen exactly what he wants to see. He presents every tale, every story, every incident, mostly without investigation, of strange effects of crop circles that he can find. He quickly demonstrates his lack of knowledge about electromagnetism when he talks about waves, but he presents the ideas with such confidence that readers will believe what he is saying even though they cannot understand it. The book has page after page of semi-scientific mumbo-jumbo which will impress anyone who cannot see that it is mostly nonsense. He uses every way out idea of the dowsers, psychics, and UFO investigators to interpret the meaning of crop circles. The numerous effects he describes, if real, mean that circles should be amenable to serious scientific investigation. Yet no serious scientific investigation is described. Somewhere in England, probably in some country pub, there are a group of hoaxers (who are very artistic individuals) who are laughing themselves silly as they read Silva's interpretation of crop circles.
The best feature of the book is the photograph section which show the great beauty of these artistic formations.
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The Art and Science of Optical Design
The Art and Science of Optical Design
by Robert Rennie Shannon
Edition: Paperback
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21 of 24 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars It has valuable information which is poorly organized, September 7, 1999
The book covers a topic badly in need of a comprehensive text. This book seems to be a dump of information by the author with no successful attempt to organize it well. Large blocks of text with no subheadings and inadequate figures make the material confusing to someone who does not understand the material beforehand. References to radiometry are a disaster. In one paragraph on page 95 there are no less than five separate mistakes. The confusion between radiance and irradiance is total. On the other hand, in the absence of any other text, the book is a valuable and complete reference on the use of ray-trace analysis in optical design.

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