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Title:
Judgment day for the Shroud of Turin
Author:
McCrone, Walter C.
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Publication Information:
Amherst, N.Y. : Prometheus Books, [1999]

©1999
Physical Description:
xxiii, 341 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
General Note:
Rev. ed. of: Judgment day for the Turin Shroud.
Language:
English
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ISBN:
9781573926799
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Book

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Summary

Summary

One of the most precious relics of the Catholic Church, the Shroud of Turin, is still believed by many to be the cloth that covered Jesus Christ in the tomb. When displayed to the public, the shroud becomes an international tourist attraction with interest heightening it to an eighth Wonder of the World.

Yet scientists, led by famed microanaylist Dr. Walter McCrone, have proved the shroud to be a fake, a medieval painting that can be easily duplicated today using the simplest of materials. The painstaking investigation that led McCrone to this historic discovery is recounted here in Judgment Day for the Shroud of Turin, one of only two books to scientifically, and fully, discount the shroud story. Upon close examination, even leading members of the Catholic Church had to agree with McCrone's findings, which gained international attention when featured on the A&E Television Network.

Told in fascinating detail, with all the intrigue of a good mystery novel, McCrone's memoir is a lasting contribution to shroud study, one that occupied more than twenty years of the author's life.


Author Notes

Walter McCrone, the leading expert in shroud research, holds a doctorate in chemical microscopy from Cornell University and is the author of twelve books.


Table of Contents

David Stoney
Forewordp. xvii
Prefacep. xxi
1.0 Introductionp. 1
2.0 1969 Italian Commissionp. 2
3.0 1973 Italian Commissionp. 5
3.1 Report of Prof. Enzo Delorenzip. 7
3.2 Report of Prof. Rizzati and Colleaguesp. 9
3.3 Report of Profs. Filogamo and Zinap. 12
3.4 Report of Dr. Curtop. 14
3.5 Report of Prof. Raesp. 18
3.6 Report of Dr. Gabriellip. 18
4.0 Science and the Churchp. 22
5.0 Max Frei and His Pollenp. 27
5.1 Max Frei's Conclusionsp. 28
6.0 Detection of Forgeriesp. 30
6.1 Vinland Mapp. 38
6.2 The Shroud of Turinp. 48
6.3 Proposal for Research on the Shroudp. 52
6.31 Authentication of the Turin Shroud, A Proposalp. 53
6.32 Radiocarbon Datingp. 53
6.33 Body Fluids and the Imagep. 55
6.34 Background of McCrone Associates, Inc.p. 58
6.35 Response to Our Proposalp. 60
7.0 Quiet Diplomacyp. 62
8.0 Sturpp. 69
8.1 Proposal to the Archbishop Regarding Tests on the Holy Shroudp. 72
8.2 Secrecy Agreementp. 74
8.3 Planning for Turinp. 75
8.4 The 1978 Shroud Exhibition and Studyp. 77
9.0 Beginning My Study of the Shroud Tapesp. 78
10.0 The Shroud Becomes the "Shroud"p. 90
11.0 The "Shroud" Paintp. 94
12.0 Ray Rogersp. 96
13.0 "Shroud"-like Paintingsp. 97
13.1 Enhanced Image?p. 98
13.2 The Paint Mediump. 100
14.0 Composition of the Paint Mediump. 103
15.0 Conclusion After One Yearp. 106
16.0 Breaking the Newsp. 107
17.0 One Painting Style in the 14th Centuryp. 117
18.0 Entr'acte and Conned Out of My Tapesp. 122
19.0 McCrone Associates High-Tech Confirmationp. 126
19.1 Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM) and Elemental Mappingp. 126
19.2 Vermilionp. 129
20.0 The "Shroud" Painted Twicep. 134
21.0 My Final Conclusionp. 138
22.0 Sturp Studiesp. 144
22.1 How Did Sturp Miss the Boat?p. 155
22.2 I Resign from Sturpp. 171
23.0 Faith versus Sciencep. 172
23.1 Confirmationp. 174
23.2 Mary Elisabeth Patrizi and ex-King Umbertop. 176
23.3 Ian Wilsonp. 177
23.4 David Soxp. 177
24.0 Questions and Answersp. 179
25.0 The Scientific Approach to the Shroudp. 200
25.1 More Questions and Answersp. 205
25.2 Paul Vignon Tries to Helpp. 210
25.3 Loose Endsp. 214
26.0 Walter Sanford and Negative Imagesp. 223
27.0 Denouementp. 227
28.0 Last Ditch Effortp. 229
29.0 The Hour of Truthp. 237
30.0 Carbon-Datingp. 245
31.0 Aftermath of the Radiocarbon Datingp. 250
31.1 The Church Marches Onp. 263
32.0 A Peer Reviewp. 274
33.0 Occam's Razorp. 283
34.0 Postscriptp. 285
35.0 Back to the Middle Agesp. 290
Appendix 1 Max Frei's Pollenp. 291
Appendix 2 Sturp Newsletterp. 309
Appendix 3 What Does It All Mean?p. 317
Referencesp. 327
Indexp. 331