The Lost Secrets of Maya Technology
By James A. O'Kon
The pioneering archaeo-engineer uncovers the advanced technologies of the Maya—from ancient highways to the concept of zero.
The Maya have been an enigma since their discovery in the mid- 19th century. Maya science developed an elegant mathematic system, an incredibly accurate astronomy, and one of the world's five original written languages. This technology was more advanced than similar European technology by more than a thousand years.
In this book, you'll see how James O'Kon, a professional engineer, synergistically applied field exploration, research, forensic engineering, and 3-D virtual reconstruction of Maya projects to discover lost Maya technological achievements. These lost principles of technology enabled Maya engineers to construct grand cities that towered above the rainforest, water systems with underground reservoirs for water storage, miles of all-weather paved roads tracking through the jungle, and the longest bridge in the ancient world.
Maya engineers developed structural mechanics for multi-story buildings that were not exceeded in height until the first "skyscraper" built in Chicago in 1885, invented the blast furnace 2,000 years before it was patented in England, and developed the vulcanization of rubber more than 2,600 years before Charles Goodyear. Discover a host of unknown wonders in The Lost Secrets of Maya Technology.
Categories: History - American Studies
ASIN : B0876P222K
Publisher : RWW New Page Books; First edition (April 22, 2012)
Publication date : April 22, 2012
Language : English
File size : EPUB 17.21 MB
Print length : 304 pages
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