The Turin Shroud is the most important and studied relic in the world. Many papers on it have recently appeared in important scientific journals. 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 formation impressed therein. This book not only addresses these issues in a scientific and objective manner but also leads the reader through new search paths. It summarizes the results in a simple manner for the reader to comprehend easily. Many books on the theme have been already published, but none of them contains such a large quantity of scientific news and reports. The most important of them is the following: The result of the 1988 radiocarbon dating is statistically wrong, and three new dating methods demonstrate that the Shroud has an age compatible with the epoch in which Jesus Christ lived in Palestine. A numismatic analysis performed on Byzantine gold coins confirms this result. This book is, therefore, very important with respect to the Turin Shroud. It is unique in its genre and a very useful tool for those who want to study the subject deeply.
Part 1: Description and Traces of the Sheet that Challenges Science - The Shroud: An Identikit
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 more than 100 dedicated scientists. He has published more than 200 scientific articles in international journals and has authored 10 books and over 100 scientific articles on the Shroud.