Review: The Lost Secrets of Maya Technology

The Lost Secrets of Maya Technology
by James A. O’Kon
Paperback: 304 pages
Publisher: New Page Books
ISBN-10: 160163207X
ISBN-13: 978-1601632074

Product description:

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.

Thumbing through The Lost Secrets of Maya Technology

My thoughts:

After reading “The Lost Secrets of Maya Technology”, I came away with a much better understanding of the Maya and their buildings, technology, and culture. The book has a nice Bibliography and Index. It’s 319 pages are packed with great interior art and diagrams.

The color photos are simply incredible and I hope that New Page sticks with the style. The diagrams are large enough for my 53 year-old eyes and I appreciate the easy-to-view size. I was a little less impressed with the charts and topics like comparisons of Maya cement with modern Portland cement.

From time to time my eyes glazed over with some of the math. Did we need to be so detailed that we had to talk psi, mo scale, and 147,631,068 liters (couldn’t over 147 thousand work?) ? I noticed some odd punctuation spacing on the bottom of page 76 and a lack of spacing on the last line of page 77. It’s no big deal, it isn’t the first punctuation goober I’ve found and it wont be the last, Having said that, O’Kon’s personal anecdotes are golden and really make the book. I wish that he had used more of them.

I highly recommend “The Lost Secrets of Maya Technology” the book is a must read. If you decide to pick up one book on the subject, this is the book to get. Price, presentation, content, this book is a good bang for the buck.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from New Page Books. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”


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