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, is a perfect example. I’ve followed her story from the beginning, and am thrilled to bring it to you now.
It’s an unforgettable sight: innovation expert Maureen Clemmons can lift and “fly” massive stones, some of them weighing sixteen tons, 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 the Egyptologists make it clear they are unwilling to consider evidence from anyone outside their insular field. Buoyed by a tremendous groundswell of grassroots support, Clemmons’ stunning, block-heaving experiments generate national news coverage, a History Channel documentary, and a mention in engineering textbooks. Audiences from NASA, the American Institute of Architects, and a multitude of universities gather to hear her compelling presentations. In the span of just a few short years, she successfully advances a simple “Eureka!” moment in her California backyard to the halls of academia, and eventually to Egypt’s Giza Plateau, site of the actual pyramids.
She also proves an important point: that 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