Saturday, August 11, 2012

Review: The Lost Secrets of Maya Technology by James A. O'Kon PE

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.



Received for review.

You know I'm a big ancient history fan so this was right up my alley.  With the whole Mayan end of the world thing this is an intriguing entry in the library of Maya information that has been published lately.  Some of the terminology could be a bit heavy at times but it was well worth the brain power investment since the material is genuinely interesting.  And, while the text is on the small side and rather tightly packed, there are simply dozens of supporting illustrations and photographs as well.

This comprehensive book is ideal for anyone interested in the Mayan culture but not looking for an outright "The world is ending in December" option.  I certainly highly recommend this.

★★★★ = Really Liked It



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