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Hamlet's Mill: An Essay Investigating the Origins of Human Knowledge And Its Transmission Through Myth

de Santillana, Giorgio; von Dechen, Hertha

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ISBN 10: 0879232153 / ISBN 13: 9780879232153
Published by Nonpareil Books, U. S. A., 2014
Condition: Very Good Soft cover
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Title: Hamlet's Mill: An Essay Investigating the ...

Publisher: Nonpareil Books, U. S. A.

Publication Date: 2014

Binding: Trade Paperback

Illustrator: Illustrated in B&W

Book Condition: Very Good

Edition: First Paperback Edition.

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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 preliterate 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.

"A book wonderful to read and startling to contemplate. If this theory is correct, both the history of science and the reinterpretation of myths have been enriched immensely." - Washington Post Book World

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Ever since the Greeks coined the language we commonly use for scientific description, mythology and science have developed separately. But what came before the Greeks? What if we could prove that all myths have one common origin in a celestial cosmology? What if the gods, the places they lived, and what they did are but ciphers for celestial activity, a language for the perpetuation of complex astronomical data? Drawing on scientific data, historical and literary sources, the authors argue that our myths are the remains of a preliterate astronomy, an exacting science whose power and accuracy were suppressed and then forgotten by an emergent Greco-Roman world view. This fascinating book throws into doubt the self-congratulatory assumptions of Western science about the unfolding development and transmission of knowledge. This is a truly seminal and original thesis, a book that should be read by anyone interested in science, myth, and the interactions between the two.

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