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

Autor Giorgio deSantillana, Giorgio Di Santillana, Hertha Von Dechend
en Limba Engleză Paperback – 24 mar 2015

"A book wonderful to read and startling to contemplate....both the history of science and the reinterpretation of myths have been enriched immensely."-Washington Post

A seminal work of scientific and philosophical exploration. Ever since the Greeks coined the language we commonly use for scientific description, mythology and science have developed separately. But 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 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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ISBN-13: 9780879232153
ISBN-10: 0879232153
Pagini: 505
Ilustrații: Ill.
Dimensiuni: 151 x 228 x 38 mm
Greutate: 0.79 kg
Editura: Nonpareil Books
Locul publicării:United States


A truly seminal and original thesis, this is a book that should be read by anyone interested in science, myth, and the interactions between the two. 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 pre-literate 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.

Notă biografică

Giorgio de Santillana was born in Rome and moved to the United States in 1936. In 1942, he became an Assistant Professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he would spend the remainder of his academic career.