I know the world is round (Sung to the tune of “I want you around” by The Ramones)

 The Science: Many many ancient cultures believed that the world was flat, but as early as the 6th century B.C., philosophers like Pythagoras made observations that were only consistent with a round Earth.  Some early Christian sects revived the flat earth idea due to references to the flat earth in the Bible, but most scholars were confident that the earth was round, a fact indisputably confirmed when Magellan’s expedition successfully circumnavigated the globe. (In fact, Magellan did not make it home, but it was because he was killed in a battle in the Philippines, not because he fell off the edge of the earth!)  There is a lot you can learn from careful observation and mathematical modeling!

 

The Lyrics:

I know the world is round, I know the world is round

Ancient cultures made a big fuss

If they were here they’d argue with us

They said the world was flat (us)

I know the world is round, I know the world is round

I know what you’re thinking about

How does water stay on something that’s round

I know what you’re thinking, when you find out that your world is round

 

They said the world was flat

Pythagoras wasn’t down with that

Watch the stars and do some math

And you’ll know the world is round

I know the world is round, I know the world is round

 

Magellan took a big chance

He sailed for Spain and not for France

He got home and did a victory dance

He knows the world’s round

I know the world’s round

 

They said the world was flat

Pythagoras wasn’t down with that

Watch the stars and do some math

And you’ll know the world is round

I know the world is round, I know the world is round

Ancient cultures made a big fuss

If they were here they’d argue with us

They said the world was flat (us)

I know the world is round, I know the world is round