Unsolved! - Craig P. Bauer Summary
A mathematical tour of some of the greatest unsolved ciphers of all time In 1953, a man was found dead from cyanide poisoning near the Philadelphia airport with a picture of a Nazi aircraft in his wallet and an enciphered message taped to his abdomen. In 1912, a book dealer named Wilfrid Voynich came into possession of an illuminated cipher manuscript once belonging to Emperor Rudolf II, who was obsessed with alchemy and the occult. Wartime codebreakers tried—and failed—to unlock the book’s secrets, and it remains an enigma to this day. In this lively and entertaining book, Craig Bauer examines these and other vexing ciphers yet to be cracked. Some may reveal the identity of a spy or serial killer, provide the location of buried treasure, or expose a secret society—while others may be elaborate hoaxes. He lays out the evidence surrounding each cipher, describes the efforts to decipher it, and invites readers to try their hand at puzzles that have stymied so many others.
Strange But True: 10 of the World's Greatest Mysteries Explained - Kathryn Hulick Summary
Prepare to have your mind blown! As you explore ten of the world's greatest unsolved mysteries, you'll witness a UFO encounter, search for the lost city of Atlantis, tour a haunted house, and discover the kraken's true form. Along the way, you'll use the scientific method and sharp thinking to separate fact from fiction and explain the unexplainable. Learn how sightings of flying saucers and stories of alien abductions can be explained by sleep paralysis, false memories, and hypnosis. Find out what pareidolia is and how this psychological phenomenon may explain some ghost sightings. Explore possible real locations for the lost city of Atlantis. Beautiful, haunting illustrations set the mood and spark the imagination. Discover the fascinating truth surrounding these mysteries and legends: Alien abductions, including the Roswell incident Psychics Mysterious disappearances, including plane MH370 Zombies Ancient aliens, including the Nazca Lines Curses, including King Tut's tomb Monsters of the Deep, including Nessie the Loch Ness monster The search for Atlantis Ghosts and haunted mansions Bigfoot
The Oak Island Mystery - Lionel and Patricia Fanthorpe Summary
The Oak Island mystery has been the world’s greatest and strangest treasure hunt, and after years of research the authors have finally solved the sinister with an answer that is challenging, controversial, and disturbing. In 1795 three boys discovered the top of an ancient shaft on uninhabited Oak Island in Mahone Bay, Nova Scotia. The boys began to dig, and what they uncovered started the world’s greatest and strangest treasure hunt but nobody knows what the treasure is. Two hundred years of courage, back-breaking effort, ingenuity, and engineering skills have failed to retrieve what is concealed there. Theories of what the treasure could be include Captain Kidd’s bloodstained pirate gold, an army payroll left by the French or British military engineers, priceless ancient manuscripts, the body of an Arif or other religious refugee leader, or the lost treasure of the Templars. The Oak Island curse prophesies that the treasure will not be found until seven men are dead and the last oak has fallen. That last oak has already gone, and six treasure hunters have been killed. After years of research, the authors have finally solved the sinister riddle of Oak Island, but their answer is challenging, controversial, and disturbing. Something beyond price still lies waiting in the labyrinth.
The 100 Greatest Unsolved Mysteries - Susan Elkin Summary
Our universe is filled with important questions that both captivate the minds of scientists and capture popular imagination. This volume traces many of these questions, shedding light on everything from time travel to the nature of atoms. Divided into sections called Physical Matter and Forces, Space, Human Body, Earth, Other Life-Forms, and Human Triumphs and Troubles, the book elucidates the latest scientific theories in easy-to-follow, engaging terms.
Investigating Crop Circles - Emily O'Keefe Summary
The earliest known record of crop circles is more than 300 years old. Today, more than 10,000 have been recorded around the world. Learn more in Investigating Crop Circles, a World's Greatest Mysteries book. This series highlights mind-boggling myths, urban legends, conspiracies, and unsolved mysteries that have captivated people for many years. Each title features engaging text, fascinating photographs, infographics, and a timeline to appeal to even the most reluctant readers. World's Greatest Mysteries is a series of AV2 media enhanced books. A unique book code printed on page 2 unlocks multimedia content. These books come alive with video, audio, weblinks, slideshows, activities, hands-on experiments, and much more. Book jacket.
The World's 20 Greatest Unsolved Problems - John R. Vacca Summary
Delves deep into mysteries such as the creation of the universe, dark matter, the quantum theory of gravity, protein folding, free will, consciousness, earthquake prediction, Fullerenes, the quantum mechanical vacuum, storing or eliminating nuclear waste, and more.
The Encyclopedia of Unsolved Mysteries - Colin Wilson Summary
From the bestselling author of THE OUTSIDER Is the Shroud of Turin a holy relic or a clever fake? What was the coded message that made a poor French priest a millionaire, and does it prove that the crucifixion was a fraud? And what lies at the bottom of the 200-foot shaft on Oak Island, Newfoundland, where two centuries of digging have yet to unearth the buried treasure that must be there? In THE ENCYCLOPEDIA OF UNSOLVED MYSTERIES, Colin Wilson presents an astonishing variety of unsolved riddles and enduring enigmas to prove that our everyday world is stranger than we believe, wilder than we can imagine. Ranging in content from Atlantis to the Bermuda Triangle and from Kaspar Hauser to the identity of Shakespeare, Colin Wilson's ENCYCLOPEDIA OF UNSOLVED MYSTERIES is a comprehensive examination of the most baffling mysteries of our time.
The Greatest Mysteries... Ever! - Bill Price Summary
History's biggest puzzles and the people who made them. Explore the most baffling puzzles, conundrums and secrets from throughout the ages. The world is full of grey areas, enigmas and unsolved mysteries, which can fascinate, intrigue and occasionally annoy in equal measure. From the gruesome murders committed by Jack the Ripper to the mystery of the missing Nazi gold, this book sheds light on these questions, some of which may never yield definitive answers.