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Inventing the Flat Earth. Columbus and Modern Historians

Door Jeffrey B. Russell

Categorie
Algemeen Geschiedenis
Boeknummer
#255532
Titel
Inventing the Flat Earth. Columbus and Modern Historians
Auteur
Russell, Jeffrey B.
Boektype
Paperback
Uitgeverij
New York, Praeger
Jaar van uitgave
1997
ISBN13
978027595904
Taal
Engels
Samenvatting
Neither Christopher Columbus nor his contemporaries thought the earth was flat. Yet this curious illusion persists today, firmly established with the help of the media, textbooks, teachers--even noted historians. Inventing the Flat Earth is Russell's attempt to set the record straight. He begins with a discussion of geographical knowledge in the Middle Ages, examining what Columbus and his contemporaries actually did believe, and then moves to a look at how the error was first propagated in the 1820s and 1830s and then "snowballed" to outrageous proportions by the late 19th century. But perhaps the most intriguing focus of the book is the reason why we allow this error to persist. Do we prefer to languish in a comfortable and familiar error rather than exert the effort necessary ... (Lees verder)to discover the truth? This uncomfortable question is engagingly answered.
Pagina's
117
Conditie
Goed
Prijs
€ 10,00

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