Adams, Walter M.
The house of the hidden places: a clue to the creed of early Egypt from Egyptian sources — London, 1895

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generally admitted to have possessed, in pro-
portion as the facts are more carefully investi-
gated. What architect of the present day
would undertake to erect a building, more than
four hundred feet high, full of chambers of the
most elaborate description, which should never
need repair for five thousand years ? What
other nation not only discovered the transcen-
dental relation between radius and circum-
ference— the foundation of all curvilinear
measurement—but utilized it as a principle
of architectural construction ? What other
building is oriented with such perfect accuracy
that, if Mr. Flinders Petrie be correct, the
minute displacement wrought in the course
of ages represents (and consequently measures)
the secular variation due to.a recondite cos-
mica! force ? Where else shall we find
expressed in masonic form the different pro-
portions of the surface of the earth, given
according to the various methods of calcula-
tion, as, according to the same authority, the

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