October 1, 2012 in Books (E)
[prMac.com] Palm Coast, Florida - The Palm Coast Observer Saturday published a story about Dr. Mark Van Stone's 2012: Science & Prophecy of the Ancient Maya edition for the iPad and its "limitless purposes" for getting kids of all ages more interested in learning about history, and what the ancient Maya did and didn't predict for Dec. 21, 2012, in less than 82 days.
Written by Megan Hoye, the news report from Palm Coast, which is south of Jacksonville and just north of Daytona Beach, describes the unique layout of the book, which was built using Apple's iBooks Author software as something that can "bring humanity to history."
"With its small blocks of text on each page and its abundance of interactive features, the e-book is meant to be less daunting than a thick textbook full of dry language and condensed facts," Hoye wrote. "It's also meant to provide a more enjoyable way for people - students especially - to learn about Mayan culture."
Noting the 53 videos of 15 Maya scholars that include almost 130 minutes of HD video and the 200 interactive photos, drawings and graphics, Hoye wrote, "It also features many "scrubbers" - interactive pieces that allow users to manipulate an image."
Hoye explains the uniqueness of the book by describing how users can learn more about ancient Maya glyphs, or writings.
"In one chapter, a page features a photo of an artifact with glyphs on it. With the swipe of a finger, the artifact dissolves into a computer-generated overlay that allows the glyphs to be clearly examined," Hoye wrote.
Highlighting a 20-panel interactive map that would take multiple pages to replicate in a traditional book, Hoye featured the "Cities of the Ancient Civilizations of Central America," map that takes readers from the cities of San Lorenzo and La Venta in 1500 BC to the breadth of Aztec world in 1521 AD.
"Using the same technology ... users can slide their hand along the map to watch boundaries, names and cities change," Hoye wrote.
Hoye says the clear highlight of the book is the 3-D imagery of the Rio Azul Masks from 400 AD, a replica of the Aztec Calendar Stone, which often is confused as the "Mayan Calendar," and one of the famous Sarcophagus Lid of Lord Pakal, the one Erich Von Daniken and other ancient astronaut theorists say is a representation of a Maya leader in an ancient alien capsule.
"Rather than just showing a photo of an artifact, the book generates a virtual copy of it in three dimensions, which can be spun and enlarged for thorough examination," Hoye wrote. Quoting Dr. Van Stone she wrote, "'You can't handle objects, but you can handle virtual objects,' Van Stone said. 'My hope is it will make kids more excited to learn this history.'"
Concluding, Hoye quoted Dr. Van Stone saying, "Everyone hates history because it's dusty and old, right? But when you touch it, when you come in contact with the people who lived somewhere, that's what humanizes history and makes it worth studying."
In his book, now available on the iBookstore in a format exclusive to the iPad(R), Dr. Van Stone addresses all the actual Maya predictions made for Dec. 21. It is the best tool to counter the exponentially-expanding fantasies of pseudo-scientists, dreamers, hallucinators and snake-oil salesmen looking to capitalize on the "end" of the Maya Calendar on Dec. 21 or 23, 2012.
* Requires iPad with iOS 5.0 or later
* iBooks 2 or later
Pricing and Availability:
2012: Science & Prophecy of the Ancient Maya is $14.99 USD (or equivalent amount in other currencies) and available worldwide exclusively through the iBookstore in the Astronomy category. Schedule an interview now about this amazing technological work.
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