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2001-06-08 Thread Schmidt

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I am back again. I have a new email address (as you will notice) as the old one has 
ceased to operate.

My website http://leviathan.weblogs.com is still updated daily, and should have 
something of interest to researchers.

I have also discovered that history is a lie. No idea if this has been posted, but I 
haven't seen the list for a couple of weeks.


By Timothy Taylor/Photographs by Mark Gilbert

You might think it's the year 2000, but a group of prominent Russian mathematicians is 
arguing that history is all wrong, and it's actually 936AD. They've set off a battle 
that's now come to Canada, and it's getting nasty

The man in the tweed jacket sitting ahead of me is growing visibly agitated. We're at 
a mathematics conference at the University of Alberta just before the end of the 
school year, and things have been predictably calm so far. But twice in the past 
minute what's coming from the front of the room has made my tweedy neighbour twist 
angrily in his seat.

Our speaker is Gleb Nosovskii, a mathematics professor from Moscow State University, a 
man with a long black beard and dark eyes who is deeply serious about the matter at 
hand. This is only appropriate, because his presentation is nothing short of a 
mathematical case against history as we know it.

Nosovskii and his Russian colleagues, led by the famous Moscow State geometrician 
Anatoly Fomen-ko, believe that our global chronology is profoundly flawed. They 
argue that the conventional sequencing of historical events in the Mediterranean and 
in Europe from 3000 BC to 1600 AD - a chronology they say was formalized in the 
sixteenth and seventeenth centuries by the scientists Josephus Scaliger and Dionysius 
Petavius, and has never been fundamentally challenged since - is shot through with 
inexplicable duplications. These duplications, Nosovskii maintains, are revealed 
through mathematical-pattern analysis.

In essence, it works like this: if you take the number of years ruled by each king in 
a succession of fifteen kings, you get a series of fifteen numbers that's called a 
dynastic function. Now, if you compare one dynastic function from the biblical 
kingdom of Judea to a dynastic function derived from a series of fifth-century popes, 
you might be surprised to find these functions looking exactly the same.

Your surprise would be justified, because there is an infinitesimally small 
statistical chance that two different series of fifteen rulers from completely 
different parts of the global chronology will randomly be born, crowned, and die in 
precisely the same pattern.

According to Nosovskii, however, there are several dozen examples of such duplication 
through the ages, right up until reliable historical documentation begins, some time 
around the sixteenth century. At that point the duplications abruptly stop.

This is so statistically improbable, Nosovskii argues, that one must conclude there 
are serious errors in Scaliger and Petavius's chronology. Specifically, Nosovskii says 
their version of history, drawn from accounts in different languages and from 
different oral traditions, is greatly elongated. To explain the incredible statistical 
anomalies, the Russian mathematicians are suggesting that early Renaissance historians 
made mistakes. Some errors might have been honest (such as treating two accounts of 
the same event as two distinct events) and others could have been intentional (whereby 
historians, at the behest of their benefactors, might have altered history in their 
favour). The effect of all this, Nosovskii, Fomenko, et al. believe, is that phantom 
epochs were added to the global chronology. If they're right, the sweep of human 
history is overstated by thousands of years and a great number of ancient events 
happened much more recently than previously thought.

Here at the U of A conference, Nosovskii has spent the past hour using astronomical 
data to bolster this case. He has redated half a dozen ancient eclipses centuries 
later than conventionally understood; he has shown us depictions of planets and 
constellations taken from Egyptian tombs and temples, and has resolved their dates 
into the medieval era; now, he is approaching the summit of his argument with a 
reworking of the astronomical data surrounding the first Noël. And what new date for 
the birth of Christ will we obtain if we use modern astronomy as our tool? asks 
Nosovskii as he prepares his final slide.

The overhead projector hums. The students, professors, and a few curious members of 
the public wait as the next transparency slides into place. The man who has invited 
Nosovskii here today, Professor Wieslaw Krawcewicz of the University of Alberta's 
Department of Mathematical Sciences, is in the front row, craning his neck around, 
gauging the reaction of the audience. Nosovskii's new date for the birth of Christ 
fills the screen. The man in tweed in front of me 

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2000-08-14 Thread Johannes Schmidt III

Well my crummy email desubscribed me again so I have resubscribed through the good 
offices of the Weekly World News free email service.

Hopefully this will be the last you will hear about it.

Thanks to everyone who offered me assistance with this problem.

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