All a ROUND? I wonder what words flats use?
Um... all around the disk?
Just read about them as i was ignorent of their views.
Now i know their views are ignorent
Carla More than ignorant even. As I remember from my school books this was a big deal when Columbus was sailing, the church excommunicated him or something because he said the earth is round but the church says flat so truth be damned, as in all knowledge and truth plugged and damned
Columbus's excommunication is an urban myth.
Perhaps the books and teachers that perpetuate this myth are thinking of Galileo, who indeed got into a lot of trouble for stating that the Earth moved around the Sun rather than vice-versa. Galileo was forced to recant and placed under house arrest for life, but even he was not excommunicated.
Any person educated in astronomy and mathematics in Columbus's time would have known that the Earth is a sphere. It was first proved by Eratosthenes in about 200 BC.
Everybody knows about the well of Syene. The Egyptians noticed that one day a year the sunshine went straight down the well, and other wells didn't do that. So they assumed the Earth was a globe and calculated the diameter. The Chinese noticed the same effect at the same time, but they assumed the Earth was flat and calculated the altitude of the sun.
The Chinese that made the flat-Earth assumption must never have noticed or heard from sailors that tall buildings or mountains appear to sink below the horizon when viewed from a ship going out to sea.
That wouldn't happen if the Earth were flat, and in fact this phenomenon can be used to calculate the radius of the Earth if you know the height of the building or mountain, and you know how far the ship has traveled.
Better known as.. Flatheads