Is the $25M Vinland Map Genuine or Fake? An Ongoing Controversy Since 1965
Michael Henchman, Professor of Chemistry- Emeritus, Brandeis University, Waltham MA
24.10. 2011 at 14:00 in R. BrdiÄŤka lecture hall
It is drawn faintly on a thin sheet of parchment (A4 in size). â€śTrue believersâ€ť identify it as a map of the world, drawn at the Council of Basel around 1440. A landmass in the top left corner could only be America. Hence Columbus in 1492 â€” some 50 years later â€” was not the first to discover America. And this map must be the oldest record of America: it is insured for $25M.
â€śHereticsâ€ť maintain that it dates from January 1957. Who drew it? We do not know. How was it drawn? We do not know. Why was it drawn? We do know that $1M changed hands.
Enter the cops â€” this clearly being a problem in materials science for instrumental analytical chemists. For the past 50 years, this poor, limp specimen has been subjected to every conceivable kind of alphabetical abuse â€” IR, UV, XRD, SEM/EDX, PLM, TEM, PIXE, RAMAN, AMS. And so what is the 50-year outcome? In the latest paper (2008), the â€śtrue believersâ€ť assert their belief yet again while, yet again, the â€śhereticsâ€ť rebut them. What does the chemistry actually say? This paper will tally the score.
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Je mapa Vinlandu v hodnotÄ› pĹŻl miliardy korun pravĂˇ nebo faleĹˇnĂˇ?
Mapa Vinlandu je nakreslenĂˇ na pergamenu, kterĂ˝ pochĂˇzĂ z doby 50 let pĹ™ed Kolumbovou plavbou do Ameriky. Je na nĂ zakresleno pobĹ™eĹľĂ GrĂłnska, New Founland, a i ÄŤĂˇst americkĂ©ho vnitrozemĂ. O pravost tĂ©to mapy se vedou spory jiĹľ pĹ™es padesĂˇt let. O tom, co na to Ĺ™ĂkĂˇ souÄŤasnĂˇ chemie bude pĹ™ednĂˇĹˇka prof. Henchmana, vĂ˝znamnĂ©ho fyzikĂˇlnĂho chemika a pĹ™ednĂho badatele v oboru chemie v umÄ›nĂ pĹŻsobĂcĂho na BrandeisovÄ› univerzitÄ› v Massachusetts.
TĂ©matu pĹ™ednĂˇĹˇky profesora Michaela Henchmana se vÄ›nuje ÄŤlĂˇnek M. Andrleho v ĂşnorovĂ©m ÄŤĂsle ÄŤasopisu 21.stoletĂ.
Some photos from lecture....
(Source: K. StejskalovĂˇ, archive JHI)