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In this work Russell challenged the (false) myth that one important facet of Columbus' voyage was that it proved the world was round not flat. Perturbed by the myth's stay power, Russell amassed a mountain of sources from antiquity through Columbus' day (including his own journals) which clearly demonstrate otherwise. Russell then backtracked through textbooks and other popular historical sources to find the origination of the Flat Earth myth, and analyzed when it was invented and why it was abl...
Fine book on correcting the idea that Christianity ever promoted the idea of flat earth nonsense...my only criticism is the book is to short!
A common misconception in modern culture and even in academia is that the people in the ancient world and/or the medieval period believed that the earth was flat and it was up to Columbus to set them straight. There are several variants to this misconception. Some hold that the ancient Greeks and Romans recognized that the world was round; others that even they erroneously believed in a flat earth. In general, all variants claim that the medieval believed in a flat earth, either continuing an er...
Un libro brillante el cual nos demuestra, y por propias palabras de Russell, que la superioridad del presente no puede descender a la supuesta ignorancia del pasado incluso si el error está frente a nuestros ojos. Este maravilloso ensayo deslumbra que la historia es imparcial y que somos nosotros los que persistimos en vivir en el engaño. Por otro lado, Russell demuestra la totalidad de sus puntos en una secuencia impecable, dando la concordancia entre los causantes y los efectos a nivel históri...
A brilliant and highly necessary examination of where the idea that medieval peoples believed the Earth was flat came from and why it continues. The organization is occasionally a bit odd, but the research is thorough and well-explained.
The premise is interesting but it's poorly organized and just keeps reiterating the same point. It may have been more engaging if I read it when it was first published.
This book is about what the author calls the "Flat Error", that is: the mistaken popular perception that, at the time of Columbus, educated people in Europe thought the Earth was flat, and one of the navigator's achievements was to prove them wrong. This is, of course, not truth, and the knowledge that the Earth is spherical was never seriously questioned among educated people since the Greeks first deduced it in the fourth century BCE, not in Antiquity, not in the Middle Ages, not latter. The b...
Great book. Shows how ideology and prejudice dictates most peoples view of the Middle Ages. Also traces how Protestant rhetoric inadvertantly helped to discredit Christianity for later generations.Russell points out the the believe that people thought that the world was flat and that the "Burning Times" occured have become part of the modern cycle of myths, to the extent that they are assumed knowledge.
A brief attempt to trace the rise of the false claim that most people before the early modern period believed, under the pernicious influence of "the church", that the earth is flat, and that Columbus demonstrated their folly. A must-read if you are into higher-order intentionality.
A trenchant demonstration that what "Everybody Knows" is not just dead wrong (as usual), but the result of systematic anti-Catholic Whig propaganda. Russell dissects and explodes the "Flat Error" ("Flat Lie" would be more like it) to the satisfaction of everyone reasonable.
Recommended by St. Abraham's of Santa Cruz, CAHere's a summary of the book by the author:http://www.veritas-ucsb.org/library/r...
Excellent debunking of a myth that has been used to denigrate religion.
This book warns us not to believe everything we hear and read. Therefore, should be believe this book? I enjoyed the message, although the text itself is pretty dry.