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    Description""The Lost Secrets of Maya Technology" reveals what a scientifically advanced people the Maya really were. Relying on his background as a professional engineer, James O'Kon is able to analyze Maya architecture and write about it with the scientific terminology it truly merits. The book places Maya engineers shoulder to shoulder with the Romans or any other ancient culture one could compare them against. As an archaeologist with 20+ years of field experience, this book opened my eyes to Maya scientific achievements that I would previously not thought possible." --Edwin Barnhart, Ph.D., archaeologist and Director of Maya Exploration Center "James O'Kon's book addresses a neglected field, and his wide-ranging discussion sheds new light on many aspects of Maya studies. His training as an engineer keeps the book focused on reality. His writing is full of sudden insights when he gets to the nitty-gritty of real science, this book shines. The final chapter addresses the engineering flaws that led to their fall they pushed their environment too far." --Mark Van Stone, Ph.D., author of 2012: Science and Prophecy of the Ancient Maya "Great introduction to the unrecognized technological achievements of the Maya. This was my first introduction to Maya tool making. I found those chapters very interesting. Very informative well written and provided me with new material on Maya technology.." --Thomas L. Sever, Ph.D., NASA Archaeologist 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."


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    Title
    Lost Secrets of Maya Technology
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) James A. O'Kon
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 320
    Width: 152 mm
    Height: 229 mm
    Thickness: 23 mm
    Weight: 650 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9781601632074
    ISBN 10: 160163207X
    Classifications

    BIC E4L: PAR
    B&T Merchandise Category: GEN
    B&T Book Type: NF
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T8.7
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 01
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 05
    BIC subject category V2: JFH
    B&T General Subject: 590
    Ingram Theme: CHRN/ANCIEN
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    Libri: I-OP
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 25
    Ingram Theme: CULT/LATAME
    BISAC Merchandising Theme: ET150
    Ingram Theme: ETHN/NATAMR, CULT/MEXICN
    BISAC V2.8: HIS028000, HIS025000
    B&T Approval Code: A33740000
    BISAC V2.8: OCC031000
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    BISAC V2.8: ARC005020
    DC22: 972/.6, 972.6
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    DC23: 001.94
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    LC classification: F1435.3.S32 O46 2012
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    Edition
    1
    Illustrations note
    16pp col insert, 100 images & diagrams
    Publisher
    Career Press
    Imprint name
    Career Press
    Publication date
    18 May 2012
    Publication City/Country
    New Jersey
    Author Information
    James A. O'Kon, P.E. is a professional engineer with decades of experience designing award-winning projects. He has, also, spent 40 years investigating Maya engineering feats and lost Maya technology. His investigations have taken him to more than 50 remote Maya sites. He has delivered numerous scientific papers to scientific symposia dealing with Maya technology. He was inducted into the Explorers Club as a National Fellow for his work on Maya technology. A resident of Atlanta, he is currently an expert witness on construction failures and a problem-solving consultant to global corporations when he is not in the rainforest. Read more about him at www.theoldexplorer.com.