Just musing to myself about a few of the things that Dan Brown missed (or omitted, for unknown reasons) when writing The Lost Symbol. I thought of quite a few while reading the book, I should have written down a list. Here's a couple that I mention in The Guide to Dan Brown's The Lost Symbol - I'll update it with more if/as I remember them:
- The phrase 'Laus Deo': Dan mentions how this phrase is written on the pyramidion of the Washington Monument, translating to 'Praise God'. What he doesn't elaborate on is that 'Laus Deo' is a phrase used in Scottish Rite Freemasonry. It forms part of the rituals and has also been inscribed on jewels of the Scottish Rite (see The Guide for an image).
- Edgar Mitchell: Dan Brown explains the strange research and history of the Institute of Noetic Science (IONS), but for some reason omits one of the more fascinating aspects of IONS - it was created by Apollo astronaut Edgar Mitchell after he had a mystical experience while returning from the Moon. This seems perfect material for Dan Brown to elaborate on in TLS - why didn't he use it (did his research miss this fact)? And, to double the Apollo interest factor in TLS: Edgar Mitchell founded IONS, and another Apollo astronaut, Buzz Aldrin, is a 33° Scottish Rite Mason - Aldrin even took a handmade Scottish Rite flag to the Moon on his famous mission with Neil Armstrong.
Feel free to add your own in the comments section.