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15 Common Inaccuracies Found In Science Illustrations

2169 15 Common Inaccuracies Found In Science Illustrations
Screen capture from the Mental Floss video.

Some of the scientific illustrations you grew up studying may not have been exactly accurate. This was either to emphasize a point, a common misconception, or because the representation would have been, well, too vast for the pages of a textbook.

Here are some questions to reconsider: Are raindrops more similar in shape to teardrops or hamburger buns? Can Earth as an oblate spheroid—a sphere squashed at its poles and wider at the equator—be accurately portrayed on a flat world map? What about the scale of our solar system?

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Watch the Mental Floss video to find out.

 

 


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