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My Rating: 3/5

Legend by David Rohl
- The Genesis of Civilisation.

An interesting book with plenty of pictures, though a little too "historically based" for my liking - I find the history hard to follow.buy from Amazon.co.uk

 

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My Rating: 5/5

Greetings, Carbon-Based Bipeds! by Arthur C. Clarke

An excellent collection of some Clarke's articles a works through the past fifty decades.

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My Rating: 4/5

The Invisible College by Robert Lomas
- The Royal Society, Freemasonry and the Birth of Modern Science.

A mostly interesting book which basically describes how Freemasonry was born and how it has survived through the centuries. I found the extensive history lesson delivered by this book a little overwhelming, though I am pleased I stuck at it because in the end it was worth it to get the whole story.

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My Rating: 4/5

The Hiram Key by Christopher Knight & Robert Lomas
- Pharaohs, Freemasons and the Discovery of the Secret Scrolls of Jesus.

Christopher Knight and Robert Lomas make a good team, I found the occasional quirky comments quite amusing and they helped me wade through the vast amounts of historical background which usually cause me to get bogged down in a book of this type and length.

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Brian's Little Library

 

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My Rating: 4/5

The Templars' Secret Island by Erling Haagensen and Henry Lincoln
-The Knights, the Priest and the Treasure.

I found this book quite fascinating - the Templar Knights' island and how it was discovered using the location of the churches and sacred geometry. It's also well illustrated with numerous diagrams and colour pictures.

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My Rating: 4/5

Feynman's Lost Lecture by David L. Goodstein & Judith R. Goodstein
-The Motion of Planets Around the Sun.

As you can imagine, to describe the motion of the planets around the Sun requires some mathematics. The author's have recreated Feynman's lecture which was once lost, and presented it here in a clear way with easy-to-follow diagrams.

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My Rating: 4/5

Welsh Folklore and Folk-Custom by T. Gwynn Jones

This is a great collection of myths and stories known to Wales. It covers many areas including Gods, Ghosts, Fairies, Giants, Witches/Hags, Caves, Standing Stones and Magic.

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My Rating: 4/5

The End Of Science by John Horgan
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Facing the Limits of Knowledge in the Twilight of the Scientific Age.

In this book Horgan looks at the many areas of science individually and talks to many scientists known to those fields. Physics, Cosmology, Biology, Social Science, Limitology and others are looked at in detail to see what has been discovered and learnt in each area, and what possibly is left to know and are we as humans even capable of knowing it. I particularly enjoyed reading the many visitations Horgan had with famous people in line with the research for this book because he often wrote about them in such a down-to-earth manor.
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My Rating: 4/5

Alien Base by Timothy Good
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Earth's Encounters With Extraterrestrials.

This is one of the better books packed with UFO reports and the like. Often I find these kind of books become a bit tedious around half way through, but this one wasn't so bad and it kept me interested right until the end where it began to make comparisons to earlier reports in the book.

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My Rating: 3/5

Optical Illusions

If you're into self-inflicted headaches then this book is for you! What more can I say?

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My Rating: 4.5/5

Uriel's Machine by Christopher Knight & Robert Lomas
- The Prehistoric Technology that Saved the Flood.

This book answers many questions about prehistoric man, looks into how far back we could have existed, what skills we had and a particular topic which I find interesting, the purpose of stone circles. I found this book very interesting and easy to read, it's one of those books with a conclusion at the end of every chapter which I find very useful.

I read this again in 2015.

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Brian's Little Library

 

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My Rating: 4/5

The Theory of Celestial Influence by Rodney Collin
- Man, the Universe and Cosmic Mystery.

If you've been lead to believe that Astrology is simply pseudo science as is claimed by many scientists, then this is a great book which puts a great volume of fact behind the topic.

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My Rating: 4/5

Zolar's Book of Dreams, Numbers & Lucky Days

If you're looking for a good book to start you off with an interest in Numerology and the meanings of dreams then this is highly recommended. It tells you how on both accounts and includes "A Numerological Key to Dreams" which is very useful in itself.buy from Amazon.co.uk

 

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My Rating: 4/5

The Dimensions of Paradise by John Michell
- The Proportions and Symbolic Numbers of Ancient Cosmology

I've read books about the numbers behind the Great Pyramid, and places like Stone Henge, but this book covers that and so much more. I found it quite fascinating, though it may be a slight challenge for the unmathematically minded as it delves into geometry in a number of places.buy from Amazon.co.uk

 

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My Rating: 4/5

Conversations About the End of Time by Umberto Eco, Stephen Jay Gould, Jean-Claude Carriere and Jean Delumeau

The is a great little book, written before the celebrations for the year 2000, about people's feelings about if the world would come to an end. Four different opinions from four different people covering a wide range of topics.buy from Amazon.co.uk

 

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My Rating: 4/5

The Great Pyramid Decoded by Peter Lemesurier

Before reading this book I knew there were some links between the measurements of the great pyramid and it's location on the earth, but this book goes so much further. All the main passageways inside the pyramid have been measured and converted to a time line, mapping out major events in the world's history - the next one is said to arrive in 2004 where "the bottom will drop out of the world".buy from Amazon.co.uk

 

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My Rating: 2/5

Quantum Leaps in the Wrong Direction by Charles M. Wynn and Arthur W.Wiggins

This book wasn't quite what I was expecting - I was mislead by the title! It's about, I suppose, the difference between real science and pseudoscience, such as astronomy being a science and astrology being a pseudoscience.buy from Amazon.co.uk

 

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My Rating: 2/5

The Demon-Haunted World by Carl Sagan

Cosmos is a great book by Sagan, but that one is more factual, whereas this one is more about Sagan's own personal views which I didn't agree with most of the time and thought that he came across narrow minded.

Notes:
p.49 Canals of Mars - first observed in 1877.

Mariner 9 mission - the first spacecraft to orbit the red planet.

Elysium high plateau.

Praxiteles?

20 November '84 - Weekly World News:
"Soviet Scientist's amazing claim: ruined temples found on Mars. Space probe discovers remains of 50,000-year-old civilisation

Viking orbiters in '74 discovered "face".

August '93. the Mars observer spacecraft failed within hailing distance of Mars.

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