The Corner

Copernicanism — a Theory in Crisis

What we know about science. Sample:

“Only half of US adults know that the Earth rotates around the Sun

once each year (NSB, 2000). One in five US adults say that the Sun rotates

around the Earth, and 14 percent of US adults think that the Earth rotates

around the Sun once each day (see Figure 2). A comparative study with

Britain in 1988 found that only one-third of British adults understood that

the Earth rotates around the Sun once each year…The level of adult

understanding of the solar system shows little change over the last


[Thanks to my Gene Guy for this.]

John Derbyshire — Mr. Derbyshire is a former contributing editor of National Review.

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