The Shroud of Turin is the most important and studied relic in the world. The many scientific studies on the relic until today have failed to provide conclusive answers about the identity of the enveloped man and the dynamics regarding the image impressed therein. This book not only addresses these issues in a scientific and objective manner but also leads the reader through new search paths. In the second edition, besides including some of the most recent findings on the Shroud, the authors follow the many tips and comments received from readers. The Shroud’s dating by means of alternative methods has not been free from controversies, some of which have even implied the non-authenticity of the Shroud’s samples tested. So the authors duly expand Chapter 7 to include the proof of the origin of the samples used in the recent scientific research and also address the provenance and the path of the original sample. Furthermore, a new section contains a personal interview with the authors that is the result of the interesting and praiseworthy work of a Bavarian high school student. Although there are many books on the subject, none contains such a formidable quantity of scientific news and reports. Unique in its genre, this book is a powerful tool for those who want to study the Turin Shroud deeply.
Table of Contents
The Shroud: An Identikit.
Journey of a Flax Thread.
Shroud Samples Spread for Scientific Research.
Recent and Future Developments.
Questions and Answers.
Giulio Fanti is associate professor of mechanical and thermal measurements at the Department of Industrial Engineering, University of Padua, Italy. Since 1997 he has directed his interest to the Shroud, especially with reference to the still scientifically inexplicable body image impressed on it. Prof. Fanti was responsible for university research projects concerning the most important relic of Christianity and has headed for more than 15 years the Shroud Science Group, consisting of about 140 dedicated scientists. He has published more than 200 scientific articles in international journals and has authored 10 books and over 80 scientific articles on the Shroud.
Pierandrea Malfi holds a master’s degree with honors in mechanical engineering from the University of Padua, Italy. His thesis was based on the mechanical dating of textile fibers, whose results have also been published in scientific journals. He has set up and computerized the Antonio Maria Traversi Physics Museum of Marco Foscarini High School in Venice, Italy, of which he has been scientific curator for more than 10 years.