[tz] Flat-earthers and time zones

Patrice Scattolin patrice.scattolin at oracle.com
Fri Jan 26 16:44:14 UTC 2018

Eratosthene measured the earth diameter somewhere around 200BC

A better question to ask is when circular earth became dominant belief. 
That, I am not aware of good documentation. That said, Columbus knew the 
earth to be round so it wasn't super obscure knowledge.

NASA has a short history here: 

On 26/01/2018 11:33 AM, Steffen Nurpmeso wrote:
> John Haxby <john.haxby at oracle.com> wrote:
>   |> On 26 Jan 2018, at 07:35, Paul Eggert <eggert at cs.ucla.edu> wrote:
>   |> On 01/24/2018 10:33 PM, Clive D.W. Feather wrote:
>   |>> Robert Elz said:
>   |>>
>   |>>> Once upon a time, the world was always flat, everyone knew that,
>   |>>> the pope even proclaimed it...
>   |>>>
>   |>> Cite?
>   |
>   |A spherical earth pre-dates a Pope by quite a few centuries.  One of \
>   |the better known Greeks (whose name escapes me) even estimated the \
>   |diameter of the earth.  A flat earth is a relatively new fad.
> Now i am anything but a christian, yet i would support the
> philosophical reasoning.
>   |> I doubt whether any Roman Catholic pope proclaimed the Earth flat \
>   |> as a matter of doctrine. That being said, flat-Earthers are still \


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