Hundreds of Victorians believed the earth was flat, duped by the lectures and literature of an obsessive gang of fanatics. It was a scandal that entangled scientists and astonished the general public with its weird theories, bizarre experiments, lawsuits and even death threats. The story bears all the hallmarks of a good Victorian melodrama - and yet the controversy continued into the twentieth century, despite the Apollo missions and widely publicised pictures of the earth from space.
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - MiaCulpa - LibraryThing
I saw this book in a remainders bin and grabbed it, looking forward to a humorous review of eccentrics and their belief in a flat earth. This book didn't really live up to the self-induced hype ... Read full review
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - Darrol - LibraryThing
This is a very important book of intellectual history. It should be read along with James Barr's Fundamentalism and the works of Richard Rorty. This book clearly illustrates that the Protestant sola ... Read full review