A Kite-Powered Approach
To Building Egypt’s Pyramids
Sometimes the most captivating, fantasy-rich stories are real. Maureen Clemmons, who innovated, funded, and field-tested a wind construction concept that will amaze you. I've followed her story from the beginning, and I'm thrilled to bring it to you now.
It’s an unforgettable sight: innovation expert Maureen Clemmons can lift and “fly” massive stones, including five-ton stones, with little more than a steady wind and a good kite. But did the ancient Egyptians do the same thing when hoisting immense pyramid stones?
Egyptologists say no. Clemmons, backed by a decade of field tests and a Caltech aeronautics team, isn't so certain—especially when she learns the Egyptologists will not consider evidence from anyone outside their insular field. Buoyed by grassroots support and determined to show her children that science is for everyone, she launches into a series of stunning, block-heaving experiments that draw national news coverage… and open up a dangerous opportunity to try lifting a sixteen-ton, twenty-five-foot-tall megalith as the History Channel's documentary cameras roll.
Can a backyard scientist lift such a massive stone using wind? Clemmons' unrelenting efforts not only advance a simple “Eureka!” moment to the halls of academia but prove an important point: you don't need a degree, just an inspired idea and some passion, to be a good scientist.
#8 on Amazon's Top 100, Oct. 2013
#1 in Ancient Egyptian History, April 2014
A Top 10 Bestseller in Women's Biographies, April 2014
A B.R.A.G. Medallion Honoree