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The DaVinci Code Great novel by Dan Brown, it involves a lot more astronomy than you would think. Lots of talk about symbolism in history, religion, and the evolution of it all. Plus, a great mystery/suspense thriller while you learn. It gets hard to put this one down. I am actually in the process of writing a huge 2-part article on the ideas based in this book.
I listen to audio books on my drive to and from work and had listened to Dan Brown's Angels & Demons a few months ago and enjoyed it.
I just started listening to The DaVinci Code (unabridged) yesterday so don't spoil it. The part about "... the planet Venus traced a perfect pentacle across the ecliptic sky every four years..." caught my attention. Looking (briefly) on the web I've found contradictory info saying that it's four years in some places and eight years in others. Not a whole lot out there. Plus its just a coincidence but interesting to me nonetheless.
Post by Al Degutis on Oct 13, 2004 10:12:42 GMT -6
I finished listening to this audio book (15 hours total on the unabridge version) on the way home from work yesterday. I really enjoyed it. Sure it was far fetched in some cases and in a very few cases preditable the story was well written and addicting.
The Da Vinci Code, the best selling novel and soon-to-be-blockbuster film, may also be linked some day to the solving of a scientific mystery as old as Leonardo Da Vinci himself — friction. A collaboration of scientists from Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) and the Ames Laboratory at Iowa State University have used Da Vinci's principles of friction and the geometric oddities known as quasicrystals to open a new pathway towards a better understanding of friction at the atomic level.
Ya, I have heard about the religious outcry. I have heard a lot of different things from different people like the secret behind Mona Lisa's smile painting, Christ - Holy Grail and much more. I have also heard something about how people stopped believing in Bible after reading the book. But then I tend not to pay much attention to religious controversies...so my information might be completely wrong..
Though I do believe it would be interesting to read the book just to know how he breaks all the codes of the ancient religious history and proves that it's different. I have also heard someone mentioning that he has used couple of math concepts in this book and so that interests me even more. And to top that off, they just used the book to understand friction. See I have to read this book!!
I hope I can read the book before the movie comes out, unfortunately with full time work and school, I dont get much time.
It's good fiction...worth reading atleast once and I believe you can do it Joe..