Relic icon or hoax carbon dating the turin shroud
magazine had just published an article about the breakthrough that Gove and colleagues had just made in enabling carbon dating to be done from samples a thousand times smaller than had been possible hitherto, Sox learned about this through a friend on magazine, and Gove reproduces on his page 16 the letter that Sox sent to him in 'strictest confidence' enquiring concerning his willingness to apply the method to the Shroud.A little over a year later Gove was in Turin explaining to the Shroud Symposium of 1978 exactly what he could do.Gove's international phone bill must have been huge.As stressed, I found myself liking Gove in the course of his book, despite his views on the Shroud being so much the opposite to my own.vanishingly small.' Statistical niceties aside, in hard reality can any scientific test, however good, really be infallible?In fact to his credit Gove himself does acknowledge, in his conclusion, that although 'all the reasons..
This is the only explanation for their highly emotional responses, first when Gonella caused a key meeting to be postponed; second when, apparently on Gonella's direct recommendation, the number of laboratories was peremptorily reduced from seven to three., Institute of Physics Publishing, Bristol and Philadelphia, 1996, 336 pages, including Index. For what Profesor Gove provides is a breathless, authoritative, immensely readable blow-by-blow chronicle of the events leading up to, and immediately following the Shroud radiocarbon dating, events in which he was a key player and indeed, so far as Shroud 'history' is concerned, the second man to know that the carbon dating showed it to be mediaeval.From this point of view the book is worthy of a Samuel Pepys, and indeed must have been based on a day-by-day diarisation of all the meetings, discussions and phone call conversations to which Gove was party. Gove's introduction to the Shroud, and thereby his whole involvement with the carbon dating, came in June 1977 with an 'out of the blue' letter from none other than the Revd David Sox, at that time just about to become this Society's first General Secretary.But he wisely shies from getting too enmeshed in the controversy himself, simply noting in passing that: 'many of the problems associated with the Shroud would be resolved by the suppositions that the cloth was of Eastern manufacture, that Charny obtained it while on crusade in 1345-6, and that he considered it a splended icon, an aid to devotion, rather than an actual relic from the life of Christ.He would not then have felt any need to mention it among the relics of his church at Lirey in his correspondence with the papacy; his possession of the Shroud as icon need not have aroused any controversy at all.