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Interactive video lesson plan for: Is Earth Actually Flat?

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LOTS OF COOL LINKS BELOW!
Flat Earth gravity simulation by Yeti Dynamics: https://www.youtube.com/user/yetipc1

Kansas flatness study: (the pancakes used in the study were from IHOP): http://www.improb.com/airchives/paperair/volume9/v9i3/kansas.html

the flatness of other states: http://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2014/03/science-several-us-states-led-by-florida-are-flatter-than-a-pancake/284348/

"The Meaning Of It All" by Richard Feynman: http://www.amazon.co.uk/The-Meaning-All-Richard-Feynman/dp/0141031441

“The Pig That Wants to Be Eaten”: http://www.amazon.co.uk/The-Pig-That-Wants-Eaten/dp/1847081282

related Vsauce video, “Is Anything Real?” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L45Q1_psDqk

Minutphysics “TOP 10 REASONS Why We Know the Earth is Round” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o_W280R_Jt8

Good satirical series about how the Earth IS flat: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=83aYfmZpoSs

What if Earth was a cube?

https://possiblywrong.wordpress.com/2011/09/09/if-the-earth-were-a-cube/
http://www.askamathematician.com/2011/05/q-what-would-earth-be-like-to-us-if-it-were-a-cube-instead-of-spherical-is-this-even-possible/
http://gizmodo.com/how-gravity-would-be-different-if-the-world-were-a-cube-1492018223
http://curious.astro.cornell.edu/question.php?number=421

MYTH of the round Earth:

http://scienceblogs.com/startswithabang/2011/09/21/who-discovered-the-earth-is-ro/
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Myth_of_the_Flat_Earth

Earth is round:

http://datagenetics.com/blog/june32012/index.html
http://www.wired.com/2011/06/how-to-estimate-the-radius-of-the-earth-with-a-lake/
https://web.archive.org/web/20100331205903/http://orfe.princeton.edu/~rvdb/tmp/sunsetTalkSmall.pdf

Varrazano bridge: http://www.ljhammond.com/phlit/2012-06c.htm

Varrazano spelling controversy: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/roseanne-colletti/verrazzano-versus-verraza_b_188479.html

Flat Earth Society:

http://theflatearthsociety.org
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Modern_flat_Earth_societies

Wilbur Glen Voliva:

http://blog.modernmechanix.com/5000-for-proving-the-earth-is-a-globe/
http://stevelyons.ca/projects/flat-earth-manifesto/
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wilbur_Glenn_Voliva

http://theflatearthsociety.org/forum/index.php?topic=61797.0#.VH-UhWSsXYH

Flat earth map (one theory): http://www.earthnotaglobe.com/library/Flat_Earth_Society_Map.jpg

Poe’s Law:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Poe%27s_law
http://literallyunbelievable.org

Science is always provisional and theories are never conclusively proven:

http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/the-scientific-fundamentalist/200811/common-misconceptions-about-science-i-scientific-proof
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scientific_method
http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/badastronomy/2010/09/14/geocentrism-seriously/#.VH3vzmSsXYF

Asimov on being “more wrong”: http://chem.tufts.edu/answersinscience/relativityofwrong.htm

Occam’s Razor: http://plato.stanford.edu/entries/simplicity/

Newton’s flaming laser sword: https://philosophynow.org/issues/46/Newtons_Flaming_Laser_Sword

Other razors: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Razor_%28philosophy%29

relativistic length contractions:

I really liked this one: http://faraday.physics.utoronto.ca/PVB/Harrison/SpecRel/Flash/LengthContract.html
http://www.physicsclassroom.com/mmedia/specrel/lc.cfm
http://www.askamathematician.com/2011/01/q-why-does-lorentz-contraction-only-act-in-the-direction-of-motion/

Earth and cosmic ray perspective:

http://www.reddit.com/comments/97gak/in_the_reference_frame_of_a_7035_tev_cosmic_ray
http://i.imgur.com/nfDHQ.jpg

wolfram contraction simulator: http://demonstrations.wolfram.com/RelativisticCar/

Susan Haack: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Foundherentism

1996 election NYT crossword:

http://www.crosswordunclued.com/2009/01/nyt-election-day-crossword.html
http://cdn0.dailydot.com/uploaded/images/original/2013/2/12/nytimescrossword.jpg

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