04-12-2011, 01:53 AM

A Riddle in Stone Deciphered: A Compendium of Articles and Notes (Spiral-bound) (Review by Gary Val Tenuta)

The possible implications of the work and the discoveries presented in Turbeville's "A Riddle In Stone Deciphered" would fill yet another book. It helps if one has a working knowledge of higher mathematics in order to fully understand what Turbeville has unveiled here. However, even with just a modicum of mathematical understanding, one can easily ascertain the gist of what this author with two degree in physics has accomplished.

It all began several years ago when Turbeville was musing over the Fibonacci number series. Suddenly, an inspiration from out of the blue enticed him to reduce the multi-digit numbers in the Fibonacci series to single digits. For example, the first double-digit number in the series is 13. The number 13 then becomes 4 simply by calculating the sum of the two digits: 1+3=4. Turbeville found that this reduction process resulted in a self-limiting series. The limit was 24 reductions, or distillations as he calls them. At the end of 24 distillations the string of reduced values simply repeats over and over. Turbeville then began creating tables based on this process. These tables (nicely reproduced in the book) began to reveal some very curious results.

Turbeville soon realized, to his astonishment, the tables were displaying numbers that correlated to measurements attributed to the geometry of the Great Pyramid in Egypt. This alone was remarkable enough but there was more. He also realized the tables were displaying numbers defining the spacial and distance relationships between the Earth and the Moon. Moreover, and perhaps most surprisingly, further analysis revealed what appears to be nearly incontrovertible evidence that whoever designed the Great Pyramid had used a unit of measure that corresponds to the English 'foot' as defined by the British Parliament in 1592. That being the case, Turbeville was forced to wonder, had the ancient architect of the Great Pyramid also developed these same, or similar, tables? And if so, does that mean the ancients (or at least some initiates of high order) were knowledgeable of what thousands of years later was (re)discovered by the Hindu mathematicians and later popularized by the Italian mathematician, Leonardo Fibonacci? Stranger still, is what appears to be a possible connection to the mathematical curiosities of the English alphabet by way of an ancient system of numerology known as gematria. Turbeville also notes that many of the numbers generated by his tables are to be found in what is generally known as the ancient canon of 'sacred numbers'. In this reviewers opinion it is not an exaggeration to say Turbeville's work has opened a veritable Pandora's Box of mysteries to be further explored.

All of this and much more is presented in this book which is, as the subtitle indicates, 'a compendium of articles and notes' taken primarily from his previous two books:

A Glimmer of Light from the Eye of a Giant (2000, Trafford Publishing)

New Tabular Evidence of a Monument in Harmony with the Universe (2003, Trafford Publishing)

As with his two previous books, A Riddle in Stone Deciphered is well annotated and nicely illustrated. Academics as well as general readers who have any interest at all in the subjects mentioned in this review should find the book to be of considerable interest. This is, after all, not just another book rehashing previously known material. This is unique, ground-breaking work and deserving of wider recognition.

The possible implications of the work and the discoveries presented in Turbeville's "A Riddle In Stone Deciphered" would fill yet another book. It helps if one has a working knowledge of higher mathematics in order to fully understand what Turbeville has unveiled here. However, even with just a modicum of mathematical understanding, one can easily ascertain the gist of what this author with two degree in physics has accomplished.

It all began several years ago when Turbeville was musing over the Fibonacci number series. Suddenly, an inspiration from out of the blue enticed him to reduce the multi-digit numbers in the Fibonacci series to single digits. For example, the first double-digit number in the series is 13. The number 13 then becomes 4 simply by calculating the sum of the two digits: 1+3=4. Turbeville found that this reduction process resulted in a self-limiting series. The limit was 24 reductions, or distillations as he calls them. At the end of 24 distillations the string of reduced values simply repeats over and over. Turbeville then began creating tables based on this process. These tables (nicely reproduced in the book) began to reveal some very curious results.

Turbeville soon realized, to his astonishment, the tables were displaying numbers that correlated to measurements attributed to the geometry of the Great Pyramid in Egypt. This alone was remarkable enough but there was more. He also realized the tables were displaying numbers defining the spacial and distance relationships between the Earth and the Moon. Moreover, and perhaps most surprisingly, further analysis revealed what appears to be nearly incontrovertible evidence that whoever designed the Great Pyramid had used a unit of measure that corresponds to the English 'foot' as defined by the British Parliament in 1592. That being the case, Turbeville was forced to wonder, had the ancient architect of the Great Pyramid also developed these same, or similar, tables? And if so, does that mean the ancients (or at least some initiates of high order) were knowledgeable of what thousands of years later was (re)discovered by the Hindu mathematicians and later popularized by the Italian mathematician, Leonardo Fibonacci? Stranger still, is what appears to be a possible connection to the mathematical curiosities of the English alphabet by way of an ancient system of numerology known as gematria. Turbeville also notes that many of the numbers generated by his tables are to be found in what is generally known as the ancient canon of 'sacred numbers'. In this reviewers opinion it is not an exaggeration to say Turbeville's work has opened a veritable Pandora's Box of mysteries to be further explored.

All of this and much more is presented in this book which is, as the subtitle indicates, 'a compendium of articles and notes' taken primarily from his previous two books:

A Glimmer of Light from the Eye of a Giant (2000, Trafford Publishing)

New Tabular Evidence of a Monument in Harmony with the Universe (2003, Trafford Publishing)

As with his two previous books, A Riddle in Stone Deciphered is well annotated and nicely illustrated. Academics as well as general readers who have any interest at all in the subjects mentioned in this review should find the book to be of considerable interest. This is, after all, not just another book rehashing previously known material. This is unique, ground-breaking work and deserving of wider recognition.