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When did people believe the earth was flat and by what people?
March 27, 2012 11:12AM
Nobody really ever thought the earth was flat. The blame for this misinformation ( Acording to Terry jones, a 'pythonist' and a medievalist) goes to an American writer called Washington Irving. He is the apparant source of this 'lie'. No one wrote it as round. The Greeks knew it was round, Roger Bacon ( The European discover of the gunpowder recipe) wrote about it as a sphere in the 13th century. As early as the 4th century BC no one thought the earth was flat. With the exception of Christopher Colombus who thought it was pear shaped.
Oh and for the record the earth is not round, it's an oblate spheroid.