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- The Columbus one is a total myth, no-one believed in a flat Earth back then.
Bruno appears to have been burned for unrelated religious heresies.
I can't imagine that any serious scientist would have ridiculed the Wright brothers, gliders were already established by then and many other groups were investigating powered heavier-than-air flight; it was just a matter of time before success.
AFAIK Galileo was put under house arrest, which is not very nice but quite different from being "thrown in prison", and lots of people had proposed and utilised the heliocentric model by that point - he appears to have been a victim of his own poor political judgements and a particularly strict Inquisitor.
I know nothing about Vesalius or Harvey.
People who point out examples of when people were ridiculed fail to remember that the overwhelming majority of people who have theories that sound crazy simply are just plain crazy. One should try and investigate crazy ideas up to a point, but there comes a limit beyond which you do have to tell people, "you're a fruitcake". Because they are.
Of course, people who do completely dismiss ideas out of hand without investigating them are very foolish, but I strongly suspect the extent to which the "establishment" dismisses ideas has been greatly exaggerated. It's like the oft-repeated claim that experts said the Titanic was unsinkable - well, a few of them did, but no-one with any sense at all would have said that it was literally impossible to sink. I suspect that most - but by no means all, it does happen sometimes - of these "they said I was maaaaad !" claims are just like that. A few people get over-zealous, the media lap it up, and suddenly the perception is that every expert in the world is against you.Jul 9, 2016
- Every sailor hundreds of years before Columbus experienced ship on the horizon (first they saw a mast and sails first) so they were not flatlanders.
Question is how much of continental population (who never even leave their village or town) were thinking that the Earth is flat. Would like to know it, although there were probably no such a statistics at those times...(?)Jul 9, 2016
- There are much more modern versions as well ... Invention of the laser/maser, discovery of radio waves from space, claim by Hannes Alfven that galaxies have magnetic fields, claim that rockets could go to the moon, claim that rocks fall from the sky.Jul 9, 2016