posted on Apr, 10 2013 @ 12:21 AM
Science knew the world was not flat long before the church came into existence. It was worked out and estimated (wrongly but was later figured out)
The whole flat Earth thing originated from alternative theory that the earth was a flat disc because that is how some chose to interpret what we knew
at the time.
It was also perpetuated into a modern myth because people often didn't know exactly were a map ended, so before the Americas were explored and that
information brought to the masses, Europe would just be surrounded by water to the west... It was more of a case of trying to just simplify things for
people who really couldn't grasp the concept that the whole world had not been explored yet.
On a flight once, a kid asked his father why the airplane was taking a curved route... I missed the opportunity to tell them that, the map is a 2d
representation of a sphere... the shortest distance between any two locations on a sphere is to follow a great circle arc... at all scales if you look
closely, after unfolding, you will be left with a curved path.
As a scientist by training and profession, science failing often gets the response "Mmmmm thats interesting" because we want to understand it... we
don't throw our arms up and say... Oh no we failed we suck. We simply take a step back and study the problem