The azimuthal equidistant projection

Greeks were the first to describe the Earth as a globe. Their philosophers started by imagining the sun in the center of the universe. They used the globe as a symbol of the whole cosmos. Since then, kings were represented with the globe in their hands to show their power. The globe was visible together with statues and pictures, an example of which is the Atlante Farnese preserved in Naples. This is a statue out[…]

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Aristarchus of Samos was wrong: the Earth is flat

Greek thinkers and philosophers first introduced a so pretended scientific idea of the Earth as being a Globe. Eratosthenes succeeded in a simple experiment that, according to him, had the merit of measuring the radius of the Earth. Giving the spherical shape to the earth was the premise to build an infinite universe with a central sun. Later on, it would be possible the introduction of a new speculation, the making up of the evolution[…]

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Globes: scepters, swords, and crystal spheres

Globes: you often see them when watching television news, documentaries or films. Sometimes, when visiting a  museum,  you can view old, remarkable world globes. The only public museum entirely devoted to globes is in Vienna and it is an imperial collection. There are a number of terrestrial and celestial globes, the majority of them dating from before 1850. Anyway, in museums, there are many small globes that escape your eyes and you don’t easily connect[…]

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The lie of the globe

When getting aware that the world is not a globe, generally, at first at least, people feel dizzy. Then many questions come to the mind. So, today, I want to explain why such a lie has been so long brought about.  Why has the attribution of a spherical shape to the Earth been reputed essential? It was, of course, a concept of great consequence and of the utmost importance from the point of view of[…]

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