Globes of the world is a huge subject, but I thought I might just add a small bit of trivia for those that are interested, if not feel free to skip straight to the video. 🙂
It was first believed that the earth was flat, but some of the ancient Greek philosophers believed in a round earth, the best known of these philosophers was Pythagoras (a mathematician) who is thought to be one that had the original idea about the earth around the 5th-6th century BC, and it is believed he started teaching about the earth being round at that time.
Plato also starting teaching about the earth being round after he travelled to Italy to study Pythagoras mathematics.
Aristotle was a student of Plato, he also believed the earth was round through his observation of the stars, his words “there are stars in Egypt and Cyprus which are not seen in the northerly regions”.
As I mentioned above a huge subject and really interesting, of course I only covered a very small portion, there is a lot of information about Pythagoras as well as other ancient Greek philosophers. Plato and Aristotle are both interesting, and if time permits worth reading about. Plato – Aristotle – Ancient Greek Philosophy.
The Largest globe in the world is in Corona Park, Queens, New York City. It is 12 story’s high, and made from stainless steel. It was constructed as a symbol of the 1964 New York World’s Fair. The theme of the Fair was “Peace Through Understanding”. It was dedicated to “Man’s Achievements of a shrinking globe in an expanding universe”. It weighs 700,000 pounds without the base. To learn more about this globe there is a stack of information in Wikipedia.