Has anyone read this 3-volume book published by Beijing Publishing House (北京出版社)
Printed in January 2004, it has an accompanying CD-ROM, which unfortunately I had not been able to get to work. The CD-ROM has a 132MB pdf file, an Adobe Reader 4.0 and autorun. I could not get the reader to be installed, nor could my existing Adobe Reader 6.0 read the file, giving the error message
"There was an error opening this document. The filename, directory name, or volume label syntax is incorrect."
The volumes are filled with colour photographs and aesthetically pleasing layout. The quality of the paper was excellent, though the entire design of the layout and covers bore strong resemblance to the internationally recognised Dorling Kindersley (DK) illustrated non-fiction publications, right down to the positioning of the publisher's logo.
I was glad to have borrowed the book from the local library - it would not have been worth buying for me who require a published book with the above title to have references, better writings and research, as well as a stringent criteria as to what constitute an "unsolved secret".
A fair number of the articles were little better than typical tabloid stuff on the level of "I saw UFO" or "Mysterious fires, causes unknown".
Some articles dealt with unexplained phenomena which probably has reasonable explanations which no attempt has been made to discount.
Some articles dealt with mere historical speculations.
Nonetheless, there were some nuggets that were genuinely interesting.
上册 Volume One addresses
(1) 自然之谜 Natural phenomena or nature,
(2) 动植物之谜 Flora and fauna, and
(3) 人类之谜 Humankind.
中册 Volume Two addresses
(4) 古文明之谜 Ancient civilisation
(5) 古代 历史之谜 Ancient history
(6) 近代悬案 Recent unresolved cases
下册 Volume Three addresses
(7) 文化之谜 Culture
(8) 民俗之谜 Customs
(9) 宗教之谜 Religions
In this thread, I will share my thoughts on some of the articles.
However, since there was absolutely no appendix provided for any referencing, it would be hard to verify or cross check the contents.
Only in a few articles was it mentioned in the contents some newspaper quotes or actual names and dates given.
I will not waste time on tabloid stuff but try to pick out some articles worth a read or a thought.
It might be that some forummers would know more about it.