2017 Spring Meeting

29 April 2017
  • 1:30 - 4:15pm Watford, Herts
  • Adrian Gilbert, “The Maya”.
  • Bob Johnson, “The Anomalous Planetary Periods in the Panchasiddhantika Revisited”

  • Adrian Gilbert, “The Maya”.
    The talk will identify Mayan sites, explain their calendar, and show how they made use of the Sun and certain planets to prognosticate the future. The astronomical determination of the Mayan end-date of 21/12/2012 will be described.
     
  • Bob Johnson, “The Anomalous Planetary Periods in the Panchasiddhantika Revisited”.
    Velikovsky used the anomalous planetary periods given in parts of the ancient Hindu text 'The Panchasiddhantika' as evidence for different orbits of Venus and Mars in the past. Was he right? What else can these ancient observations tell us? The talk will reintroduce the ancient text and extend the analysis by Michael Reade published in SIS Review Vol. V, No. 2 (1980/1981).