University of Texas at Austin

Monday, September 6, 2010

Tower’s “lost” symbols, found

See the full-sized rendering of the tower's letters at http://www.utexas.edu/features/graphics/2010/tower_alphabets/tower_alphabets3.jpg.

See the full-sized rendering of the tower's letters at http://www.utexas.edu/features/graphics/2010/tower_alphabets/tower_alphabets3.jpg.

It took a class of University of Texas at Austin students less than a semester to do what Harvard symbology professor Robert Langdon would have done in a rather hectic weekend.

But the students had the advantages of 1. being real and 2. not having to deal with deadly conspirators fighting to protect an ancient society whose secrets, if revealed, could change the world as Langdon has done in several Dan Brown books such as “The Da Vinci Code” and the “The Lost Symbol.”

What the students did was figure out why ancient Egyptian hieroglyphics and Hebrew, Greek and Latin letters are attached to the Tower that stands in the middle of campus.

Read Michelle Bryant’s account of the mystery and how students in Professor John Huehnergard’s class solved it.

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