“Five Iconic Science Images, And Why They’re Wrong”

Here’s an interesting article from The Sciencepunk Blog, explaining why five scientific images that exist in popular culture are actually wrong; not just inaccurate but pretty utterly wrong. Unfortunately these kinds of things really do have an effect on how the public understands some scientific concepts, so it’s good to be clear on them. It’s a short and clear enough article so I’ll let you read it yourself, but as a teaser here are the five images they discuss, taken from their article:


The Rutherford model of the atom


Evolution as a march of progress


The distorted world map


The nautilus shell as a Fibonacci spiral


The small-scale solar system


If any of these make you wonder what’s wrong with them, go check it out.


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