Deepening Complexity of Crop Circles: Scientific Research and Urban Legends
Eltjo Haselhoff has written the first book on crop circles based on scientific evidence. His research, as intoduced in the first chapter, “A Great But Most Tangible Mystery,” addresses some of the most concrete crop-circle phenomena: the dead fly enigma, curious deposits, germination anomalies, and balls of light. Studies with mathematical formulas allow any reader to analyze and verify, or dispute, the author’s findings. Diagrams and color photographs throughout the book guarantee a fascinating journey through the world of crop circles even for those not inclined toward laboratories and numbers.
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Eltjo Haselhoff has written the first book on crop circles based on scientific evidence. His research, as intoduced in the first chapter, “A Great But Most Tangible Mystery,” addresses some of the most concrete crop-circle phenomena: the dead fly enigma, curious deposits, germination anomalies, and balls of light. Studies with mathematical formulas allow any reader to analyze and verify, or dispute, the author’s findings. For those interested in a more metaphysical approach, the author provides “The Psychic Perspective: Earth Forces, Aliens, Gate to Another World, and Messages from the Cosmos.” Diagrams and color photographs throughout the book guarantee a fascinating journey through the world of crop circles even for those not inclined toward laboratories and numbers.
Eltjo Haselhoff has a Ph.D. in Theoretical and Experimental Physics. He has been examining the crop-circle phenomenon for over ten years, and has personally visited hundreds of crop circles. Born and educated in the Netherlands, Dr. Haselhoff worked at many research institutes, including Los Alamos National Laboratories. He has published dozens of articles in peer-reviewed scientific journals, such as Journal of Applied Physics, and The Physical Review. His most recent article appeared in the prestigious, international scientific journal, Physiologia Plantarum.
A rational voice at last
Reviewer: Teresa from San Francisco, CA USA
Most people base their opinion on crop circles on the little superficial and disinformative coverage in the media (apparently, like the previous superficial review). It's refreshing to finally have a truly scientific look at the REAL FACTS and then an equally rational attitude when it comes to drawing conclusions. That's what makes this book so riveting - you feel the author isn't trying to prove anything. His goal is the truth, no matter where it leads. And that kind of honesty is always appreciated, especially when it comes to something this hotly contested.
Science of the Unknown
Reviewer: Simeon Hein (see more about me) from Boulder, CO United States
Eltjo H. Haselhoff's Crop Circles presents the reader with a vast array of scientific evidence suggesting that crop circles are indeed real phenomena with nonordinary properties. Covering everything from the well-known node lengthening effect to Dr. Gerald Hawkins mathematical theories, Haselhoff, a physicist, builds a strong case that crop circles have scientific properties that are not easily explained away. Haselhoff demostrates his own theory, that crop circles may be created by balls of light, using Pythgorian mathematics.
Of course, models in themselves are just possibilities and the author, while not dismissing the idea that humans can make complex formations, does not spend enough time, in my view, seriously addressing the issue either. Perhaps the crop circles themselves create anomalous effects, and not some external agency? Can humans create circles with weird properties? More research is needed to answer these questions but this book poses some of the important questions and suggests possible scientifically-based explanations.
(Simeon Hein is the author Opening Minds: A Journey of Extraordinary Encounters, Crop Circles, and Resonance (Mount Baldy Press, (2002))
This book is a Masterpiece in all respects. It is well-made, bound, with glossy pages and full color throughout. Chock-full with fantastic photographs and diagrams. The contents are extremely fascinating - the author is clearly a smart guy (which can also be seen from his biography) and has a very solid story. I have read all crop circle books that exist, and this is the first book that actually uses solid, scientific analysis, without speculation. Just facts and plain reasoning, yet, the conclusions are world-shattering: there are many crop circles that are NOT made by flattening crops with a plank. Anyone who reads this book will agree. No doubt. This is a book that changes your life. I'm sure it will have a great impact.
Also recommended: Vital Signs (Andy Thomas). Good overview book, yet, not as solid as this one.
Andy Thomas, author of 'Vital Signs', February 20, 2001,
An excellent book!
Dr. Eltjo Haselhoff is a remarkable rarity in the controversial arena of paranormal research - he has the qualifications and ability to blend hard science and metaphysics without compromising either. In so doing, he remains eminently credible to a world which craves statistics and repeatable tests, whilst being unafraid of deeper speculation. Anyone who has ever dismissed the entire crop circle phenomenon as a man-made joke needs to read this excellent book. They may be shocked by the utterly convincing case he makes for its authenticity as a genuinely unexplained mystery.