Tionism are ripe with possibilities but the text never examines these other than to merely mention them They re no evolution of Flat Earth theories just the same ones offered over and overAll that leaves is a book about wacky people who believe wacky things Frankly that could be enough given sufficient wackiness These The World in the Curl: An Unconventional History of Surfing folks lack that level of wackiness They re not boring mind you Well some are simply boring people They re just not interesting enough to carry the book by themselvesOverall it s not a bad read but nor is it really a good read It was good enough that I read it all the way through yet I would be lying if I claimed I wasn t lookingorward to the end just a bit I want to give it two and a half stars This book is like Kaitlyn Jenner writing The History of Being a Straight Hetero Man Christine Garwood still believes herself to be living on a tilting wobbling spinning space ball careening through an infinite vacuum but decided to attempt writing a book about the history of our Flat Earth The book does not take an objective tone or angle and it is assumed Song of the Forest from beginning to end that the reader just like the author 100% believes the doctrine of heliocentrism and it is never uestioned anywhere throughout The only redeeming uality of the bookor someone like myself who knows or a act the Earth is level and stationary is some of the minutia regarding the Bedford Level experiments and other historical tidbits difficult to A Constellation of Vital Phenomena find mention of anywhere in published media If you re lookingor a truly good book about the history of Flat Earth try Gerrard Hickson s Kings Dethroned Or better yet my new book Flatlantis covers the entire true history of our Flat Earth and subseuent adoption and recent destruction of the heliocentric globe model Amazing expose on the history of lat earth belief and the complexities involved At times you want to ind the people it talks about and slap some sense into them at others you just Sextasy: Master the Timeless Techniques of Tantra, Tao, and the Kama Sutra to Take Lovemaking to New Heights feel sorryor them Seeing the deliberate ignorance people impose on themselves is both amusing and terribly Still Life with Chickens frightening Flat Earth The History of an Infamous Idea by Christine Garwood 2008. The modern age Rangingrom ancient Greece through Victorian England to modern day America this is a story that encompasses religion science and pseudoscience as well as a spectacular array of people and places Where else could eccentric aristocrats undamentalist preachers and conspiracy theorists appear alongside Copernicus Newton and NASA except in an account of such a legendary misconceptionThoroughly enjoyable and illuminating Flat Earth is social and intellectual history at its bes.
Humorous It kills me to see the humor hiding beneath the surface of this book so close to coming out but buried under the dull academic styleIn short this book was somewhat interesting but really not interesting enough to pick up or Paradox Bound funuibbles I assume this topic was not limited to the Anglo world What about Flat Earth belief in other parts of the world This book glosses over them completely Also the author very rarely mentions how much influence the Flat Earth societies especially the early ones had in terms of members Itelt like there were three people in all England or 50 years So here s the irst book conforming to my 2015 no books by white men resolution Flat Earth by Christine Garwood It examines STFU, Parents: The Jaw-Dropping, Self-Indulgent, and Occasionally Rage-Inducing World of Parent Overshare fairly recent beliefs in an actuallat Earth It s an amusing read in places but drags most of the timeIt starts out with a couple chapters explaining why we as a culture thought olks back in Columbus time even thought that the world was lat Actually I didn t think they thought that nor I suspect do many people today Turns out it was evil secularists trying to drive a wedge between religion and science No really that s what the Syncopated: An Anthology of Nonfiction Picto-Essays first couple chapters are about It s awkward as if she has an axe to grind but just a wee axe not deserving of a longer treatmentThen we get into someairly modern day believers and their activities The characters are at times colorful Often they re just misguided Are All Guys Assholes?: More Than 1,000 Guys in 10 Cities Reveal Why They're Not, Why They Sometimes Act Like They Are, and How Understanding Their ... Will Solve Your Guy Drama Once and For All fools spewing the same bad arguments over and over They re often lauded at the timeor their debate skills despite their lack of good arguments Obviously there are parallels with creationists today These parallels are mentioned but not really analyzed in any wayEventually the book works its way through several people It ends with a summary that criticizes secularists a bit while somewhat lauding the Flat Earth people What a Lass Wants for no apparent reason There s a mention of the parallels to creationism again but no analysis againAnd therein lies the problem with the book It just doesn t know what it wants to be Reconciling science and religion is a juicy topic but isn t treated in depth here nor even handedly Parallels with crea. Spherical Earthrom space Based on a range of original sources Garwood’s history of lat Earth beliefs rom the Babylonians to the present day raises issues central to the history and philosophy of science its relationship to religion and the making of human knowledge about the natural world Flat Earth is the irst definitive study of one of history’s most notorious and persistent ideas and it evokes all the intellectual philosophical and spiritual turmoil of.
How do you know the Earth is round No really Because you saw a picture Because you own a globe What evidence could you throw up right now to prove the globularity of the ground you stand onLooking through some of the other reviews it seems like people ocus on the proponents of the Flat Earth model with pity and scorn At times you want to The League for the Suppression of Celery find the people it talks about and slap some sense into them at others you justeel sorry or them Seeing the deliberate ignorance people impose on themselves is both amusing and terribly rightening Or It is Suspicion at Seven: A Lois Meade Mystery finishes with an assessment of this belief across the years comparing with initially entwined Creationist movement but remarking that a Flat Earth is simply too easy to disprove and therefore has been abandoned by almost the staunchest of ChristianundamentalistsBut this book is really about so much and the epilogue demonstrates that It s not about proving the Earth is round It s about knowledge and what you believe in It s about the development of a society that has shifted their aith rom priests to physicists and accepts what is told them Likely this book serves as a litmus test If you re scientificly minded you The Day Fidel Died focus on the proponents of Flat Earth theory and marvel at how obtuse they are If you re philosophically minded you revel in the tale of Leo Ferrari and the uestion of how we accept things asacts Presumably if you re lat earth minded you thought the book was great unless it was too criticalI do not think however that this book was very well written It was obnoxiously repetitive and unbearably dull Sometimes definitions or the same concepts were given in each chapter in case one presumes that the reader was too bored reading one chapter and skipped to the next In an effort to be comprehensive it over covers the issues Reading through the irst half is a never ending cycle of pamphlet printing and responding to criticism Over and over again the reader is treated to the same actions with minor changes If I could do anything with this book I d give it to Bill Bryson and have him rewrite it It would be a tenth of the length and ten times interesting and. Contrary to popular belief ostered in countless school classrooms the world over Christopher Columbus did not discover that the earth was round The idea of a spherical world had been widely accepted in educated circles Gulp!: The Seven-Day Crash Course to Master Fear and Break Through Any Challenge from as early as theourth century bc Yet bizarrely it was not until the supposedly rational nineteenth century that the notion of a lat earth really took hold Even bizarrely it persists to this day despite Apollo missions and widely publicized pictures of the decidedly.