"Am going to cross Pacific on a wooden raft to support a theory that the South Sea islands were peopled from Peru. Will you come? Reply at once." That is how six brave and inquisitive men came to seek a dangerous path to test a scientific theory. On a primitive raft made of forty-foot balsa logs and named "Kon-Tiki" in honor of a legendary sun king, Heyerdahl and five comp...more
In 1978, in the summer following seminary graduation, I was invited by mother to visit her in Oslo before moving from New York City back to Chicago. It was a great trip filled with many memorable events. O ...more
Follow his trail from the conception of the theory to the felling of the balsa wood trees, and from the launching of the craft to its disastrous landing on a fragile South Pacific island.
This is the story of Thor Heyerdahl's original voyage. He wou ...more
مبدأيا مشكلتنا مع أصحاب الحضارات القديمة كانت دايما قصور تخيلنا بخصوصهم .. واللي بيصورهم لنا دايما في شكل كاريكاتوري بيرضي غرورنا بالإرتقاء والتطور ! ، .. حوار التطور دا اساسا عمل لنا مشاكل كبيرة في التواصل الحقيقي مع تاريخنا البشري
البشر زمان هم هم البشر الآن .. امتلكوا نفس العقل ونفس الإرادة ، وتطورنا عنهم الآن هو تطور طبيعي نتج عن تراكم معرفي .. تراكم معارفهم اللي سجلوها و(وصلت لنا) على معرفتنا الآنية .. لا أكثر و لا أقل
فكرة مجنونة + روح مغامرة : ...more
"Sometimes, too, we went out in the rubber boat to look at ourselves by night. Coal-black seas towered up on all sides, and a glittering myriad of tropical stars drew a faint reflection from plankton in the water. The world was simple - stars in the darkness. Whether it was 1947 BC or AD suddenly became of no significance. We lived, and that we felt with alert intensity. We realized that life had been full for men before the technical age also ...more
At any rate, it's a story so inspiring, one man's dreams and theories put to the test, I think everyone should read it. Makes me want to sale across the ocean on a big raft!!
Legendary explorer Thor Heyerdal's epic 4,300-mile crossing of the Pacific on a balsawood raft in 1947, in an effort to prove that it was possible for South Americans to settle in Polynesia in pre-Columbian times.
In building a team of crew-members, constructing the Kon-Tiki raft, and then sailing it from Peru to the Polynesian islands, Thor reminds me what it means to be bravely engage life. He shows us all the power of meeting our fears and challenges eye-to-eye. I had a chance to hear him speak before he passed away, and it was obvious he was a man ...more
كتاب مذهل وممتع جدا
كنت عارف Thor Heyerdahl من كتابات أنيس منصور
و عرفت قصة كون تيكي من كتاب أعجب الرحلات في التاريخ
و لما لقيت الكتاب ده قررت أشتريه بلا تردد
وكأننى كنت الرجل السابع على متن الطوف
الفكرة إن ثور عالم أجناس بشرية و كان عايز يثبت إن أهل جزر المحيط الهادي هاجروا من أمريكا الجنوبية مش من آسيا كما كان شائعا
فقرر أنه يسافر من امريكا الجنوبية لجزر المحيط الهادي على طوف من خشب البالسا كما فعل أهل المحيط من آلاف السنين
و الفيلم التسجيلى اللى صوره تور هايردال أثناء الرحلة نفسهاأخد جائزة الأوسكار ...more
Baiting sharks, drifting along currents on a raft he had no idea was going to hold together, living on a diet of whatever they could catch to supplement provisions...it's startling and a fantastic adventure. I also found my ...more
It is the true account of six men who, when no professor or institution of higher learning would publish their academic theories on the origin of the Polynesian people (because no one could believe that Peruvians in 500 AD had the technology to travel across the wide pacific), travelled by RAFT (made of logs and rope...no nails or chains) from Peru to the Sou ...more
For my friends who are LDS, you will find the information in the book about the Incas and their travels very interesting indeed. :-D
A bit repetitive in places, but certainly a great oceanic adventure and biography.
So many men of my dad's generation - men who lived through the Great Depression and served in WW2 - seem(ed) to share in an irresistible desire to explore the world, and an optimistic confidence that they could return from their explorations in one piece. My Dad climbed in the Himalayas,surfed in the Pacific, traveled to six continents - and as I was reading about the adventures of Heyerdahl and his friends, crossing the Pacific on their little balsa-wood ...more
One of the cartoons in my private collection shows the crew of the Kon-Tiki facing a raing gale. One of the crew members comments "Well, we've established one thing for a certainty. The Polynesians were all a race of raving lunatics." My response was "YOU'RE not Polynesians. You're 5 Norwegi ...more
8 000 kilomètres à travers le Pacifique, 97 jours de mer entre Lima et l'atoll polynésien de Raroïa.
Voici résumée en chiffres une aventure désormais mythique, montée par une bande de marins d'eau douce, aussi jeunes qu'écervelés. Mais têtus.
Sans argent, sans moyens, riche de son seul enthousiasme, Heyerdahl voulait prouver au monde que les ancêtres des Incas étaient allés peupler la Polynésie sur leurs frêles radeaux en bois.
Le récit de cette fabuleuse épopée sonn ...more
Thor Heyerdahl (October 6, 1914, Larvik, Norway – April 18, 2002, Colla Micheri, Italy) was a Norwegian ethnographer and adventurer with a scientific background in zoology and geography. Heyerdahl became notable for his Kon-Tiki expedition, in which he sailed 4,300 miles (8,000 km) by raft from South America to the Tuamotu Islands. All his legendary expeditions are shown in th ...more