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Having delivered a lecture on the history of weights and
measures at the Oxfordshire County Museum at Woodstock on 1st November
last year, Vivian Linacre visited the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford the
following morning, when he met Dr Michael Vickers of the Department of
Antiquities. Vivian told Dr Vickers about the forthcoming book, "All
Done with Mirrors" by his friend John Neal, of which he had seen a
draft. He urged each of them to get in touch with the other. The outcome
was a letter dated 19 April to Vivian from John Neal, saying: "I had
given up any thoughts that Michael Vickers had a continuing interest in my
work and, but for your encouragement to do so, would not have contacted
him of my own accord. We struck up a correspondence whereby I sent him a
series of essays that comprise my web page [john-neal@secretacademy.com];
he found them "persuasive" and requested a copy of the book. *John Michell is a close associate of John Neal, and
likewise a supporter of BWMA. John Neal's book, 'All Done with Mirrors'
(ISBN 0-9539000-0-2) is available directly from the author (johnneal@secretacademy.com),
price £25.00. An excerpt from it appears in the BWMA handbook, ' The Spectator on 9 June published a review of John Neal's book by (guess who!) John Michell, of which this is worth quoting: "the old measures…express the dimensions of the earth and moon within a rational code of number. And from this same code are derived also the measures and ratios of music, geometry, astronomy, chronology and physics. John Neal's discoveries give firm ground to the Pythagorean world-view that 'all is number.' There have been many systems of measure throughout the world, but all of them, including the units extrapolated from Mexican monuments, are related to the others by simple fractions, and together make up a single universal system. At the root of all, the basic unit of reference is the ancient foot that we are now in the process of discarding. The best arguments against that process are in the find-ings of this book." John Neal has very generously undertaken to insert into every copy of his book an A5 'flyer' headed "Do you care about preserving our traditional systems of weights and measures?" followed by a paragraph beginning "If so, why not become a member of the British Weights and Measures Association?" and continuing with details of membership, our web-sites, etc. |

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