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Smyth was the son of an admiral and he happened to be born in Italy. His godfather at the christening was Father Giuseppe Piazzi, the discoverer of the asteroid Ceres, the asteroid to be found. Father Piazzi said then that he that the child would become an astronomer. first hoped The Great Pyramid, the Golden Section and Pi 33 Charles Piazzi Smyth did become an astronomer and, as an astronomer, he made important contributions to spectroscopy, then a very for advocating new science. He also deserves much credit an innovation which now seems obvious to us —building observatories on high mountains.

Some rather tedious Looking through that star alpha Draconis, calculations provided an answer. C. Herschel shaft, if then stated that the pyramid may have been built in that year. We now know that it But HerscheFs attempt is much older. to date the building of the pyramid on astronomical grounds took hold— long after his death. It was in 1859 that John Taylor, a London publisher and book-dealer, published a book which he had written himself. The Great Pyramid, It bore the Who title the Golden Section and Pi The Great Pyramid, built it?

Whether that can be done would depend on the thickness of less now and the distance in feet from the surface of the North Sea at high tide to the wreck. A modern salvage operation would probably try to keep the currents away from the wreck by building a wall around it. It would be quite similar to any dam-building operation, by dropping blocks of anything that is cheap and will not the sand layer on the wreck right float. Once the wreck has been walled in there are two pos- sibilities. The more one would be to build up this wall to making the wall waterproof with sheets of bitumen and concrete and pumping out the "well" so that salvage workers can go to work.

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