By Christine Garwood
Contrary to well known trust fostered in numerous tuition school rooms across the world, Christopher Columbus didn't realize that the earth used to be around. the assumption of a round global were commonly accredited in informed circles from as early because the fourth century b.c. but, bizarrely, it used to be now not until eventually the supposedly extra rational 19th century that the inspiration of a ?at earth rather took carry. much more bizarrely, it persists to today, regardless of Apollo missions and generally publicized photos of the decidedly round Earth from space.
according to quite a number unique assets, Garwood’s background of ?at-Earth beliefs---from the Babylonians to the current day---raises concerns imperative to the historical past and philosophy of technological know-how, its courting to faith and the making of human wisdom in regards to the flora and fauna. Flat Earth is the ?rst de?nitive examine of 1 of history’s so much infamous and protracted principles, and it inspires all of the highbrow, philosophical, and religious turmoil of the fashionable age. starting from historical Greece, via Victorian England, to modern day the USA, this can be a tale that encompasses faith, technology, and pseudoscience, in addition to a awesome array of individuals and areas. the place else may eccentric aristocrats, fundamentalist preachers, and conspiracy theorists seem along Copernicus, Newton, and NASA, other than in an account of this type of mythical misconception?
Thoroughly relaxing and illuminating, Flat Earth is social and highbrow heritage at its best.
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