It’s a common and baffling fact: flat-earthers exist, and they don’t want to understand that there is gravity, the Earth is round, or that satellites are real!
A former educator from Vancouver has made it his mission to show that even the flattest part of Canada can prove the fact that the world is round.
Kurtis Baute says he is a “whimsical scientist.” He makes science videos, which are quite fun to watch. In one of his videos, he took his bike and sundials to prove that the world is round. In an interview with CTV, Baute said:
“It’s a very simple experiment. [Eratosthenes] did this, 2,200 years ago.”
An Ancient Experiment To Prove Flat-Earthers They’re Wrong
The former teacher recreated an ancient experiment using the Greek mathematician’s measurement of the earth with shadows.
Eratosthenes measured the shadows on wooden sticks, and Baute said that the scholar also “he had someone pace out 800 kilometers on foot and count the distance.”
In a mission to remake the measurements, Baute chose Highway 33 in Saskatchewan, because it is the longest and the flattest road on the globe. He didn’t measure the distance on foot, but on a bike, with a GoPro camera mounted on his bike.
Baute set up the first sundial in Broughton and the second one was set up by to two members of the Saskatchewan Science Centre.
At approximatively 11 a.m., the shadow of a stick measured 3.9-cm longer than the other set up by the other members. Baute calculated the measurements, and it resulted that the circumference of the planet is almost 40,000 kilometers:
“It tells us the globe is a knowable thing. I think that’s really incredible.”
He explains that he did this project because in the US many people show on social media how skeptical they are regarding science:
“There is currently a very anti-science movement which basically says, ‘We’re not going to believe NASA, we’re not going to believe that gravity exists, we’re not going to believe that satellites are real, we’re going to believe the earth is flat,’” said Baute, concluding that:
“As a scientist, that is really scary to me.”
Andre Blair s is the lead editor for Advocator.ca. He holds a B.A. in Psychology from the University of Toronto, and a Master of Science in Public Health (M.S.P.H.) from the School of Public Health, Department of Health Administration, at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Andre specializes in environmental health, but writes on a variety of issues.