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Book Review: Out of Place in Time and Space: Inventions, Beliefs, and Artistic Anomalies That Were Impossibly Ahead of Their Time by Lamont Wood

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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.

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About Dr Joseph S Maresca

I've taught approx. 34 sections of collegiate courses including computer applications, college algebra, collegiate statistics, law, accounting, finance and economics. The experience includes service as a Board Director on the CPA Journal and Editor of the CPA Candidates Inc. Newsletter. In college, I worked as a statistics lab assistant. Manhattan College awarded a BS in an allied area of operations research. The program included courses in calculus, ordinary differential equations, probability, statistical inference, linear algebra , the more advanced operations research, price analysis and econometrics. Membership in the Delta Mu Delta National Honor Society was granted together with the degree. My experience includes both private account and industry. In addition, I've worked extensively in the Examinations Division of the AICPA from time to time. Recently, I passed the Engineering in Training Exam which consisted of 9 hours of examination in chemistry, physics, calculus, differential equations, linear algebra, probability/ statistics, fluids, electronics, materials science/structure of matter, mechanics, statics, thermodynamics, computer science, dynamics and a host of minor subject areas like engineering economics. A very small percentage of engineers actually take and pass the EIT exam. The number has hovered at circa 5%. Several decades ago, I passed the CPA examination and obtained another license in Computer Information Systems Auditing. A CISA must have knowledge in the areas of data center review, systems applications, the operating system of the computer, disaster recovery, contingency planning, developmental systems, the standards which govern facility reviews and a host of other areas. An MBA in Accounting with an Advanced Professional Certificate in Computer Applications/ Information Systems , an Advanced Professional Certificate in Finance and an Advanced Professional Certificate in Organizational Design were earned at New York University-Graduate School of Business (Stern ). In December of 2005, an earned PhD in Accounting was granted by the Ross College. The program entrance requires a previous Masters Degree for admittance together with a host of other criteria. The REGISTRAR of Ross College contact is: Tel . US 202-318-4454 FAX [records for Dr. Joseph S. Maresca Box 646 Bronxville NY 10708-3602] The clinical experience included the teaching of approximately 34 sections of college accounting, economics, statistics, college algebra, law, thesis project coursework and the professional grading of approx. 50,000 CPA examination essays with the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. Additionally, membership is held in the Sigma Beta Delta International Honor Society chartered in 1994. Significant writings include over 10 copyrights in the name of the author (Joseph S. Maresca) and a patent in the earthquake sciences.
  • Sounds like a lot of confirmation bias to me.

    The Saqqara Bird looks exactly like what it is: a bird. With, I might add, a bird’s head, a feature conspicuously absent from most fighter aircraft. It also lacks the tail stabilizers it would be expected to have if it were supposed to be a plane.

    The imagery in the Mainardi painting is explained in its historical context here.

    Nelson was a naval genius and the fact that Lanchester later formulated his tactics at Trafalgar as an equation demonstrates nothing. It’s as meaningless as saying that the leaders of the French Revolution anticipated Charles Dickens writing A Tale of Two Cities.

    In Swift’s and Voltaire’s day, Earth was known to have one moon while Jupiter was known to have four and Venus none. The theory was that the number of moons increased exponentially with each planet, and that therefore Mars ought to have two, even though none had been observed.