Description - Hamlet's Mill by Giorgio De Santillana
A truly seminal and original thesis, this is a book that should be read by anyone interested in science, myth, and the interactions between the two. In this classic work of scientific and philosophical inquiry, the authors track world myths to a common origin in early man's descriptions of cosmological activity, arguing that these remnants of ancient astronomy, suppressed by the Greeks and Romans and then forgotten, were really a form of pre-literate science. Myth became the synapse by which science was transmitted. Their truly original thesis challenges basic assumptions of Western science and theories about the transmission of knowledge.
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(229mm x 152mm x 41mm)
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This wonderful work of insight, erudition and scholarship has done more than any other to convince me that we have forgotten an episode of high civilization deep in prehistory. This revolutionary thesis states that a precise technical language, linked to an accurate and sophisticated system of observational astronomy, has somehow found its way into many of the oldest myths of mankind. Since the same 'technical terminology' crops up in myths from many different parts of the ancient world not in contact in historical times (for example ancient Egypt and ancient Mexico), and since we can rule out independent invention of this highly complex and idiosyncratic language, it must have originated with a common 'source' civilization that historians have not yet identified but which distributed a strong influence around the globe. Review by Graham Hancock, whose books include 'Heaven's Mirror: Quest for the Lost Civilization' (Kirkus UK)
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