Submitted by Bob Edwards
Public Relations Dept. Asst.
Glenville State College

Glenville, WV - Glenville State College Associate Professor of Mathematics, Dr. David O'Dell, will be speaking on "Falling Off the Edge: Myths and Misconceptions about the Flat Earth" on Tuesday, November 27 at 5:30 p.m. Clark Hall room 101.

Of all the myths and misconceptions regarding science and history, perhaps none is as widespread as the tale of Columbus proving to the flat-earthers that the earth is spherical. While there have been, and will likely always be, those who believe in a flat earth, the concept of a spherical earth has been around for 2500 years. This lecture will illustrate the reasoning and calculations of the early philosophers who described a spherical earth while examining the origins and perpetuation of the myth that contemporaries of Christopher Columbus believed in a flat earth.

The lecture is sponsored by the GSC chapter of Chi Beta Phi as one of their community service projects and is free and open to the public. Everyone is invited to a reception at 5:00 p.m. prior to the lecture. For more information, call (304) 462-7361 ext. 7300.