Science in Ancient Artwork
PAKAL, THE MAYA ASTRONAUT:
As the above illustrations show, once the spacecraft
is viewed in a sectional manner, each particular element appears to reflect
its own logic of design. Each element seems to serve a specific purpose.
Let us examine then, these distinct elements from the perspective of mechanical
engineering, which might suggest specific functions for each particular
By examining the detailed sections and parts of the spacecraft, a rather obvious idea comes into view: that there are pivotal points and joints within the structure; especially regarding the housing. Such an idea suggests that the different elements represented therein may be revolved along specific axes. Let us offer an illustration of the particular parts of the housing structure that evoke unions or joints, points at which the elements may be unfolded or rotated.
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