reply to post by Somamech
No, anyone can answer that. Everyone talks about how the pyramids are so perfect geometrically and so indescribably epic and awesome that humans could
not have possibly have built it.
The funny thing? They're forgetting some 150 years of pyramid development before those.
I'll do a brief run down of what I learned as an architect about Egypt. The first pyramid built was by Imhotep, known as zoser's pyramid(or the
pyramid at Djoser). Imho was a chill dude, but he did not make something new out of thin air. He saw Arabs building mastabas, and Pharaoh Zoser wantes
something mad cool for his burial. So Imhotep first thought to build a typical lavish mastaba. Than he decided to enlarge it. No reason why. And then
for no other reason, he stacked it several times... and then several times more. And wala, the first pyramid was born. Of course you may be wondering
how we know this? We scaned Zoser's pyramid and dated it. Within is a mastaba, the oldest section within the youngest section, the pyramid. But
amazingly, there's another pyrimid in between dated between the two:
This was the first pyramid born. It did not have the angles of the giza pyramid, and it did not have anywhere near the same grand size. After that,
for 150 yeats, Egyptians developed the design, which ended in the form of the Giza pyramids.
Egyptians had plenty of failures and plenty of wins along the way. The great Pharaoh Snefru is perhaps the greatest source of laughs. The guy had a
love fest with pyramids. He built many, mostly awesome ones.
One if his greatest failures, the fail-pyramid of Meidum, imploded. Yes, that's right. The architect made the angles all wrong, and they went kaboom.
All of Egypt laughed at this failure, but la la la la, life goes on
one reason for this was because they were dumb at brick laying. Most early pyramids had bricks like these:
This causes epic failure with pressure systems, as the bricks find their central source of pressure at the core. And once that goes, lol, bye bye
Anywho, Snefru took his honor with him, and made more. One pyramid actually demonstrates learning from mistakes. This is known as the slanted
Snefru was all like "ah ha! building them like my last failure causes them to implode!"
Snefru finally got it mad cool and mad right with the red pyramid, or North pyramid. This had great angles, and not so big size. Thus the iteration
process was complete, and what a pyramid should look like was now known. After that there as little if any experimentation.
Egyptians used the golden ratio to accurately form the shape pf the base, used water to level her out, and built Giza with internal ramps. The bricks
were parallel to the earth, rather than slanted, and thus the great pyramids were born.
So next time someone tells you aliens built the pyramids, you tell them "if so, why didn't they get ti right the first time, and why did it take
over a hundred years to get it right?!"
geez aliens, more than 100 years to get an angle right and learn about gravity? Are you sure you're more advanced than us?
LOL, but anyway, back on topic, this technology could theoretically be used to never worry about land mines again. And it would be kind of cool to
have an audacitic flying suit, as opposed to a jet pack.
[edit on 22-1-2010 by Gorman91]