Carbon dating shroud of turin
The only part of the operation that had not been viewed by anyone other than the cardinal, Tite, and Gonella was what took place in the Sala Capitolare although most of that was videotaped.
This mildly flawed procedure later provided grounds for some 'true believers' to argue that substitutions for shroud cloth had been made." (Pg.
This book follows Professor Grove through the many years of negotiation it took before the Vatican finally allowed the controversial experiment to go ahead.
In parts this book is highly technical but Professor Grove manages to make himself and the theory behind Carbon dating understood.
261)He notes, "in mid-October 1988, I received a document ... It presented his concerns about the possible exchange of carbon isotopes that could have taken place during the fire in 1532.
This and other forms of contamination of the small samples ...
In the early 1970s onwards Professor Grove set about with a group of fellow scientists, religious zealots, curious hangers-on and an assortment of faithful doubters to use this new technique in a scientific manner to prove the worth of carbon dating.
And what better than a piece of historical enigma to use this new discovery on other than the Turin Shroud?
I believed STURP's members to be so convinced it was Christ's shroud that I was determined to prevent their involvement in its carbon dating... 6-7) He argued, "The  STURP tests conducted so far involved exposing the shroud to powerful visible light, ultraviolet light and X-rays. the collection of surface detritus with sticky tape could [hardly] be beneficial to the shroud... One was given to each lab representative along with three other cylinders containing the controls.
The STURP tests constituted a stress no matter how careful they might think they were being... Almost the entire procedure had been videotaped and photographed by technicians ...
Not just one single outlier result has come out of these tests, as Gove seems to be indicating, but as many as four of them (cf. 28, 2A, 1986), plus a number of other unsatisfactory results.
Of course, it would have been quite disastrous to reveal the whole truth!
He is never sentimental but I picked up on a quiet unspoken faith he has in both the scientific and the religious and he comes across as man who somehow manages to balance these diametrically opposed modes of thought in a coherent and sensible way..