970 Winter 2020 Flat Earth: The History of a Bizarre Idea
Monday, 11:50–1:15, Feb. 17
Instructor: Peter Ansoff
Contrary to popular belief, pre-Columbian scholars knew perfectly well that the world was round, although they were not quite sure how big it was. However, a fringe movement developed in the 19th century around the idea that it was actually flat, and vestiges of the movement still exist today despite overwhelming evidence to the contrary. This course will present the story of flat-earthism. In particular, it will show how the movement developed as a popular reaction to the rise of science as a distinct profession, its relationship to religion, and its parallels with other modern anti-science beliefs such as creationism.
See L308 for instructor information.