Ever since 1999 and Bart Jordan’s commentary on NASA’s Cassini Earth flyby, Flyby News had challenged anyone to discredit his claims for being responsible for what was published in the statistical box of Encyclopaedia Britannica’s article on Mars, running from 1966 to 1973. To date there has been no other explanation for the origins of these measures.
“..Bart explained that after reading Gulliver’s Travels, in which Jonathan Swift had accorded two moons to Mars, named Phobos and Deimos by the ancient Greeks, young Jordan sought to determine their exact revolutions and distances from Mars. In 1944 when he was just seven years of age, using an ancient alphabet-frequency-number system, he calculated the distances of moons from the center of Mars. These four measures appeared in the statistical box of Encyclopaedia Britannica’s article on Mars, running from 1966 to 1973. To date there has been no other explanation for this published account, which was prior to NASA’s ability to measure and confirm. Jordan’s article, “The Moons of Mars,” published by QUEST For Knowledge (a British science publication) in 1997, was excerpted from his paper of 1944.. ”
Following is from the Encyclopedia Britannica in response to my request for a copy of the Mars stat box in the designated years that Bart Jordan told me it was published. – image2015-02-06-203714(1)
Satellites of Mars Table – Britannica Archive Request (KMM6272750C0KM)
Feb 6 at 3:53 PM
Thank you for your recent inquiry.
Please find a copy of the Satellites of Mars Table that you requested attached. According to our archivist:
The table (V) of the Satellites of Mars was, indeed, in the article MARS in the 1966 through 1973 printings of the 14th Edition (1929-73) of Encyclopaedia Britannica. The article was written by William Hammond Wright (Emeritus Director Lick Observatory) and Robert Shirley Richardson (former Associate Director, Griffith Observatory).
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