Re: Pyramidiocy (was Re: Strange Maths)

Kevin D. Quitt (
Sun, 30 Jul 1995 20:37:38 GMT (Nathaniel Tagg) wrote:

>Kevin D. Quitt ( wrote:
>: Moving the blocks that make up the pyramids is no big deal.
>: Imagine a pair of wooden wheels on a short, thick axle. The
>: axle is the carved (or partially carved) block, and the wheels
>: are circles with a large square cut out of the middle.
>Actually, the case is much harder than this. Those blocks wiegh
>several tonnes each; wood axles can snap under the load. More
>important is lifting these stones several stories up without the aid of a
>modern crane.

No, you've missed the point. The wood is the wheel. The axle is the
stone. There is no need for a crane, since the blocks can easily be
rolled up a ramp.

> They had to invent some pretty interesting techniques to do it;
>it wasn't simple.

Au contraire--it's simplicity itself.

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