Flat Earth Theory is a hypothesis that states that there is no true evidence that the earth is round. While the hypothesis is often dismissed as a weak, easily disproved theory, several different organizations online boast subscribers to the hypothesis, who enjoy discussing whether or not the earth is flat.
In the modern era, belief in a flat Earth has been expressed by isolated individuals and groups, but no scientists of note. English writerSamuel Rowbotham (1816–1885), writing under the pseudonym “Parallax,” produced a pamphlet called Zetetic Astronomy in 1849 arguing for a flat Earth and published results of many experiments that tested the curvatures of water over a long drainage ditch, followed by another called The inconsistency of Modern Astronomy and its Opposition to the Scripture. One of his supporters, John Hampden, lost a bet to Alfred Russel Wallace in the famous Bedford Level Experiment, which attempted to prove it. In 1877 Hampden produced a book called “A New Manual of Biblical Cosmography”. Rowbotham also produced studies that purported to show that the effects of ships disappearing below the horizon could be explained by the laws of perspective in relation to the human eye. In 1883 he founded Zetetic Societies in England and New York, to which he shipped a thousand copies of Zetetic Astronomy.
Esta gente me enternece. Habrá quien les odie con toda su alma, pero es perder el tiempo. Son un colectivo idealista, estúpido y completamente equivocado, pero inofensivo. No merecen odio, sino curiosidad, simpatía y una carcajada de animosidad. Cuanto más descubro sobre ellos, menos puedo apartar la vista de la pantalla.
Gracias, Vsauce. Que no pare la fiesta.