Off the Shelf
Who Built the Moon
By Marcus Pan
I always get a kick out of the kook
brigade. Now Christopher Knight and Alan Butler might get a bit bent out of
shape what-with opening a review of their Who Built the Moon? book newly
available from Londons Watkins Publishing with a harkening to kooks, but
I cant help myself. The very title screams Time Cubesque.
Knight and Butler do make startling cases here and are very
persuasive. Their research into measurement systems and building off of
combinations of pendulum movements and star movements to create methods of
weight and measures make a strong case for proving how ancient cultures and
civilizations were able to precisely base methods of building and construction
is astounding. The correlations they found worldwide should be looked into
further by archaeologists and specialists in disappeared cultures and can
explain many things regarding measurements and sizes and they way they are
similar from a numerical standpoint.
The problem I had with this book and the reason I
open with a nod to kookiness is its insistence on mixing up as many
numbers as possible to prove correlations between the Earth-Moon-Sun distances
and sizes. If I really wanted to it wouldnt be hard for most people to
drudge up some factual numbers that can be forced into relational situations
and matching segments. And while their theories are interesting indeed, playing
with numbers and beating them into submission to create a match does not a
solid theory make.
The far-fetchedness of the theory gets cloudier as we delve
into their ideas of the Moons creation. All current theories of the
Moons origin are certainly lacking in their areas whether
its even possible to figure out where it came from other than a few base
facts is questionable. Were making historical guesses. But by far the
most far reaching, strange and astounding are the theories put forth by Knight
and Butler in Who Built the Moon?
I agree with Knight and Butlers assessment that the
Earth, and life upon it, would be astonishingly different had the moon not
existed. I agree with them that the Moons affect on our planet helped do
such things as mix the primordial soup that spawned life. I also
agree that it has a long term affect on land masses and water hell,
tides are Moon created. And Im certainly open-minded enough to think
its possible that something non-natural bitch smacked a part of the Earth
into the sky. Im also open-minded enough to think that maybe something
that is natural bitch-smacked it as well. But Who Built the Moon? take
the Death Star approach somebody built it, as an incubator for
life, here on Earth.
Their wackiest of theories is that mankind, an untold amount
of time into the future, developed time travel. They then went back in time,
built the moon and set it afloat in the sky to evolve the amoebas there
millennia ago into
mankind who can develop time travel. Does anyone see
the paradox here? Im having trouble wrapping my brain around the
the moon was needed to create mankind so mankind went back in time and
created the moon to create mankind and
I think the chicken with her
egg just crossed the road here.
They go on to say that the numbering systems used, and their
correlations between the Sun-Moon-Earth, is a signature left behind by them to
let us know that hey, we built the moon, and because you can put a few numbers
together and make it look kind of neat is proof. Some of their numbers check
out. But theres tons of numbers and data out there most of which
wouldnt have been useful for this theory so its not included.
Again, because a few numbers add up, doesnt mean the books are always
The end result is that I found Who Built the Moon? to
be an interesting read. I found Butler and Knights ideas to be
persuasive. But then again even Gene Ray looks ok when he first says hello.
Its when you start reading further that things really start getting
"Who Built the Moon?" by Christopher Knight and
Copyright © 2005 by Christopher Knight and Alan Butler
ISBN: 1 84293 163 6
Published in the UK in 2005 by Watkins
Post: 749 Guerrero, San Francisco, CA, 94110, USA
Fax: (415) 647-1656
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