Out of Place in Time and Space: Inventions, Beliefs, and Artistic Anomalies That Were Impossibly Ahead of Their Time is an excellent rendition covering inventions, beliefs and artistic renditions that were centuries ahead of their time. The presentation is delivered with style and wit. Lamont Wood describes objects, beliefs and practices from the present that appear in the past. Additionally, future events are described with identical descriptions having occurred in the deep past.
A 1460 painting is depicted with the Christ child playing with a toy helicopter. A Roman era computer was unearthed in 1901. Huge war machines were depicted in a 214 BC siege of Syracuse. In addition, giant death rays started fires on the battlefield utilizing highly polished metallic mirrors. Apparently, advanced optics was understood quite considerably at the time.
The CSS Humley submarine is depicted circa 1863. The submarine was propeller-driven with an attached torpedo. During the Civil War, propellers worked strategically in places where oars couldn’t operate with the same efficiency. The Greek Pantheon is the best architectural expression of the Greek Golden Age.
The Saqqara Bird is the spitting image of a small fighter plane. A model was depicted in an ancient Egyptian tomb. A 1710 Dutch painting of the Baptism of Christ shows a flying saucer clearly overhead. The futurist artist was Aert de Gelder (1645-1727). The “Nativita de Gesu” with San Giovannino was painted in the late 1400s. In the sky, there is a flying saucer approaching. The painting was done by Sebastiano Mainardi.
Admiral Nelson prevailed at the Battle of Trafalgar. He won with plans based on a mathematical analysis that wasn’t invented for another 111 years. This mathematical analysis is called the Lanchester Equation(s) or the N-Squared Law of Mutual Attrition. These equations describe how military forces inflict great casualties on each other. They were published in 1916 by the English engineer Lanchester in a famous treatise on aerial combat.
Deimos and Phobos are the only moons on Mars. Both were described in detail in Jonathan Swift’s Gulliver’s Travels written in 1725. Voltaire mentioned the Marsian moons in a 1750 short story. Historically, the official discovery was documented in 1877. Wood explains at length how this discrepancy could have happened logically.
Wood provides an extensive bibliography with many citations from authoritative sources like National Geographic and Scientific American. The presentation is easy to read and understand. His work is written for a wide array of academicians including historians, physicists, theologists, philosophers, astronomers and many others.Powered by Sidelines