The Secret of the Great Pyramid: How One Man's Obsession Led to the Solution of Ancient Egypt's Greatest Mystery

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Paperback. Pub Date: October 2009 Pages: 240 in Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Nine years ago the French architect Jean-Pierre Houdin became obsessed by the centuries-old mystery of how the Great Pyramid was built. For ten hours a day he labored to at his computer to create exquisitely detailed 3-D models of the interior of the Great Pyramid. After five years of effort. the images rotating on his computer screen provided evidence of an astonishing secret. Corkscrewing up the inside of the Great Pyramid is a mile -long ramp. unseen for 4.500 years. The pyramid was built from the inside. This revelation casts a fresh light on the minds that conceived one of the wonders of the ancient world. The Secret of the Great Pyramid moves between the ancient and the modern . The ancient story chronicles. step-by-step. how a nation of farmers only recently emerged from the Stone Age ...

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The Secret of the Great Pyramid is a thrilling intellectual adventure story about the most exciting discovery in Egyptology in decades. Bob Brier, along with French architect Jean-Pierre Houdin, tells the remarkable true story of Houdin’s obsession with Egypt’s Great Pyramid, one of the Seven Wonders of the World: how, in an ancient agrarian society not long removed from the Stone Age, such a remarkable structure could have been envisioned and constructed. At once the story of Houdin’s determined search for answers to the puzzle that have eluded scientist and Egyptologists for centuries and a fascinating history of the planning and building of the magnificent edifice, The Secret of the Great Pyramid is an extraordinary work that puts the mystery to rest, once and for all.

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“Houdin’s theory solves many mysteries about the huge structure.” (Scientific American)

“ The authors’ prose is lucid, aided by drawings and photos, and the theories are intriguing.” (Publishers Weekly)

“It’s a plausible theory, well-illustrated, and makes a useful addition to the always seductive study of pyramids…An intriguing new twist to an old enigma.” (Kirkus Reviews)

” Great fun for Egyptophiles.” (Barbara Mertz, author of Temples, Tombs, and Hieroglyphics)

“A serious attempt at a new explanation for one of the oldest Egyptological mysteries.” (Peter Der Manuelian, Giza Archives Project Director, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston)

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