- Paperback: 454 pages
- Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; 2 edition (June 10, 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1499532601
- ISBN-13: 978-1499532609
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 1 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 20 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #315,740 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Golden Thread of Time: A Quest for the Truth and Hidden Knowledge of the Ancients 2nd Edition
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The universe-stars-Orion-Milky Way and all this info is as much help as the cross in understanding the makeup of our universe and earth's position in it. Crichton covers everything even though some of it is difficult for me to visualize. His displays and technical explanation of Orion is very revealing-the display form of Orion with all its accompanying stars looks like a Lantern to me which translates to "The Light of the World" (is this the Hermit with his Lantern from the Tarot Major Arcana?). A must read and keeper as he has "hit the nail on the head" on this grand effort.
I was expecting to be shown a method by which longitude could be determined solely by use of celestial observations and a prime meridian ephemeris - not a method requiring the use of a chronometer set to the prime meridian time (which is the "modern" method used since Harrison built a reliable timepiece in the late 18th century). In my mind, I envisioned ancient mariners making sightings on ecliptic constellation stars, then using data from, say, a database of historic observations at Giza, accurately calculating their longitudinal position. Further, I was hoping for a detailed, step-by-step real world example of such a determination, using clear descriptive graphics and the complete mathematical calculations. I'm no astronomer - but I am an engineer who understands numbers and geometry - and some rudimentary explanations of celestial coordinate systems would have been quite useful too. To be fair, Mr. Miller did provide a lot of information on astronomy, but a well-organized primer for those of us who are not seasoned sky-watchers would have been valuable. If you are trying to reach a broader audience, interjecting a little "Astronomy for Dummies" material could be a help.
The book is badly in need of editing, both for copy and content. Mr. Miller's knowledge, insights and passion for the subject are obvious, but the many levels of supporting material - all fascinating and thought provoking - could be much better organized. An index would be useful too. The graphics are, well, terrible. With a few exceptions, the photos and diagrams are of such low resolution to be of much use. Too bad.
I'm afraid less diligent readers might find themselves frustrated with this material. I do recommend the book, but as with many self-published print-on-demand offerings, good intentions can be derailed by cutting corners.