He worked on the Moglia farm, near Moncucco, during three years.
He led the cattle to pasture, milked the cows, put fresh hay in the manger, plowed the fields with the oxen.
Son and mother saw in it the indication of a way of life. When the visiting performers trumpet announced a local feast in the nearby hills, John went and sat in the front row to watch them.
He studied the jugglers, tricks and the acrobats secrets.
A serious problem here is that all 140 crystals from the same rock unit gave statistically valid information about that rock unit.
In the case Williams deals with, he accuses the mainstream scientists of discarding relevant data and dating a crystal the data shows to be undatable.
But his brother Anthony, already 18 and an unlettered peasant, did not want to hear of this… On a cold morning of February 1827, John left his home and went to look for work as a farm-servant.
He was only 12 but life at home was unbearable on account of the continuous quarrels with Anthony.
Combining rates and retentions gives a helium diffusion age of 6,000 ± 2,000 years.
This contradicts the uniformitarian age of 1.5 billion years based on nuclear decay products in the same zircons.
During the long nights of winter time and during summer, sitting under the trees while the cows stripped their leaves, he went back to his books and studies. John returned home and resumed his schooling, first at Castelnuovo and then at Chieri.