Math and the Mona Lisa begins as a comparison of the ways of art and science, written with turn-of-a-phrase prose that describes the unity of these two (modernly) divorced disciplines. The author then turns his sights onto Leonardo DaVinci in a brief but well researched biographical chapter. Atalay (author) underscores how little is factually known about Leonardo, even though his genius shone in multiple interests and disciplines from a young age.
Math and the Mona Lisa gives an engaging western history of mathematics. Did you know that the Babylonians and Sumerians used exponents? Did you know that the Maya used zero and were the first in the America’s to do so? Or that the Arabs due to the teaching of the Koran that nature should be studied in order to glorify God reckoned and worked with divine number and mathematics with elegance and refinement. From the Muslim Arabs, the world received algebra, trigonometry, and number theory. And Europe – still in the Dark Ages during the the height of Islam received the zero.
I don’t agree with most, if not all, of the timelines of the ancient cultures or the suppositions Atalay puts forward about them. These include the ancient Egyptians along with the dates, sequence of building, and reasons for them being built. The author poo-poohs what he calls pseudo-science regarding such matters. He also broad-handedly dismisses connections between architecture, the importance of astronomy, and mathematical congruences between the ancient old world and the ancient new world. I agree with the painstaking work of several “pseudoscientists,” world ancient texts, and the words of ancients themselves rendered in pictographic story boards on their monuments that the ancient cultures are far more ancient than academia and professional ‘ologists claim. Nonetheless, this bump in the road for this reader did not derail me from continuing to read.
Bulent Atalay’s beginning chapters set up the inner world and probable mind of Leonardo DaVinci, a mind that sought and saw exactitude and possibilities in all things. An engaging read. Math and the Mona Lisa by Bulent Atalay and published by Smithsonian Books.
I have been intrigued and enamored of the Electric Universe model for the last few years. The informative tutorial videos and science explanations on YouTube have been my only source of information, and these have served well because they are current. The frequent new videos put out by the Thunderbolts Project, the public face and arm of the Electric Universe model, use current Hubble or deep space telescope data, or geological evidence, or in the lab plasma displays as evidence of the EU hypothesis. Yet, it was time to read the book.
The Electric Universe by Wallace Thornhill and David Talbot is, first off, readable and easily understandable for the non-physicists and electrical engineer. This is most important – not only for the interested reader – but for the hypothesis and paradigm shifting electric universe model to gain ground outside of the Electric Universe conventions.
The book, The Electric Universe, uses pictures and graphics to highlight and repeat the important components of the model. Clearly, to the exponents of electricity being the dynamic, driving, and conditioning force in all levels and manifestations of the universe (local and galactic), such a book has to provide the evidence that the authors see that declare their ideas as correct. And the book does. Similar to the monthly videos on YouTube, the case is easily made for the new and corrected model. At the same time, the book exposes the current gravity-driven model and its mathematical explanations for reality as imperfect, if not incorrect.