Origins of the Idea of Antipodes: Errors, Assumptions, and a Bare Few Facts

  title={Origins of the Idea of Antipodes: Errors, Assumptions, and a Bare Few Facts},
  author={Avan Judd Stallard},
  journal={Terrae Incognitae},
  pages={34 - 51}
  • A. Stallard
  • Published 1 September 2010
  • Physics
  • Terrae Incognitae
Abstract In ancient times, philosophers conceived a suite of remarkable ideas about the southern hemisphere of the earth. First, they figured that there was a southern hemisphere. Second, they figured it was potentially habitable. And, third, they figured that there may well be a great land there. The question is, who conceived what, when, and why? Modern scholarship provides answers to these questions — explaining, for example, that the Antipodes were posited based on symmetry, or perhaps… 

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