Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Book Review: The Secret of the Great Pyramid

Publishers Weekly

The Secret of the Great Pyramid: How One Man’s Obsession Led to the Solution of Ancient Egypt’s Greatest Mystery by Bob Brier and Jean-Pierre Houdin. Collins/ Smithsonian

Since its construction 4,500 years ago for Pharaoh Khufu, the Great Pyramid of Giza has remained an engineering mystery. According to Egyptologist Brier (The Murder of Tutankhamen) and architect Houdin, the monument was designed by Khufu’s brother Hemienu, an architectural genius, and built in two decades by 25,000 paid Egyptian construction workers. Having studied the structure minutely and using computer graphics to visualize every aspect of the pyramid and its construction, Houdin offers a radical proposal of how the huge limestone and granite blocks were raised: the pyramid was built from the inside out around a mile-long ramp corkscrewed up to the top, which remains in the pyramid’s walls.

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1 comment:

Anonymous said...

THE MYSTERY OF THE PYRAMID? well looking at it from a pyhics point of veiw and theology egypt was a kingdom with lots of people. with that in mind a good king takes care of his kingdom. in physics if the base of the pyramid was surrounded by water the cold transfer would have cooled the interior of the pyramid making it cold storage. for whatever stores needed.i do not believe it was built for burial as the valley of the kings was well used. however the pyramids were rendered useless do to drought and then used for burial