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Solid Mechanics and Its Applications

Imaging the Cheops Pyramid

Authors: Bui, H.D.

  • The author's densitogram of the Cheops Pyramid will for the first time be published in book form
  • The gravity inverse problem is for the first time considered for a historical monument
  • Illustrated with color figures
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In this book Egyptian Archeology  and Mathematics meet.

The author is an expert in theories and applications in Solid Mechanics and Inverse Problems, a former professor at Ecole Polytechnique and now works with Electricité de France on maintenance operations on nuclear power plants. In the Autumn of 1986, after the end of the operation on the King’s chamber conducted under the Technological and Scientific Sponsorship of EDF, to locate a cavity, he was called to solve a mathematical inverse problem, to find the unknown tomb of the King and the density structure of the whole pyramid based on measurements of microgravity made inside and outside of the pyramid.

This book recounts the various search operations on the pyramid of Cheops made at the request of the Egyptian and French authorities in 1986-1987. After the premature end of the Cheops operation in the Autumn of 1986, following the fiasco of unsuccessful drillings in the area suspected by both architects G. Dormion and J.P. Goidin and microgravity auscultation, EDF and CPGF (a geophysical company) teams continued their researches with measurements already made, trying this time an inversion of the Newton gravity equation for the entire pyramid and using another theoretical team led by the author. The inverse problem solution confirmed the results of auscultations, but found no cavity. However, the image of the average density at the surface of the entire pyramid forms a sort of square “spiral” probably related to the construction method. In 2000, Jean-Pierre Houdin considered the author’s results of 1988 as a confirmation of his theory of the internal ramp tunnel. Since then the author has done additional research and found that classical theories of the construction based on degrees and the particular mode of stones filling can also report the same densitogram. The book is richly illustrated with color figures. It is dotted with information concerning  Physics, Mechanics and the History of Egyptian Antiquities. The book ends with the greatest mystery of the pyramid about the unknown tomb of the King and a dream to see the tomb at an unexpected place.

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“This book recounts various search operations on the pyramid of Cheops made at the request of the Egyptian and French authorities during 1986-1987. … The book is richly illustrated with color figures, and there is a lot of useful information concerning physics, mechanics and the history of Egyptian antiquities. … The book is written in a simple and clear manner. It will be of immense use to students and researchers in the field of architecture and solid mechanics.” (Girish Ramaiah, Zentralblatt MATH, Vol. 1239, 2012)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Imaging the Cheops Pyramid
Authors
Series Title
Solid Mechanics and Its Applications
Series Volume
182
Copyright
2012
Publisher
Springer Netherlands
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media B.V.
eBook ISBN
978-94-007-2657-4
DOI
10.1007/978-94-007-2657-4
Hardcover ISBN
978-94-007-2656-7
Series ISSN
0925-0042
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVII, 83
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