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Bad Physics at the Equator – Shame on the Intiñan Solar Museum!

Abigail Prutchi at the official "Mitad del Mundo" monument commemorating the 18th Century French Geodesic Mission marking of the Equator

Abigail Prutchi at the official “Mitad del Mundo” monument commemorating the 18th Century French Geodesic Mission marking of the Equator

Abigail and I just returned from a trip to the Galapagos Islands.  On the way, we visited the iconic Mitad del Mundo (Middle of the World) monument which commemorates the 18th-century French Geodesic Mission expedition carried out for the purpose of measuring the roundness of the Earth and measuring the length of a degree of latitude at the Equator.

The monument is constructed at the site where the Geodesic Mission calculated the passing of the Equator.  Modern measurements show that the Equator actually crosses about 240 meters north of the marked line.  Not bad at all for 18th-Century Physics, and an accomplishment worthy of the beautiful monument that commemorates it!

The Intiñan Solar Museum is a shameless tourist trap.  Tour guides get a kickback from the uscrupulous owners of this site where credulous turists are shown tricks that supposedly can happen only at the Equator.  This is prime wxample of Bad Physics fueled by greed!

The Intiñan Solar Museum is a shameless tourist trap. Tour guides get a kickback from the unscrupulous owners of this site where credulous tourists are shown tricks that supposedly can happen only at the Equator. This is a prime example of Bad Physics fueled by greed!

Recently however, a group of unscrupulous investors led by Mr. Humberto Vera started the Intiñan Solar Museum, which reportedly marks the true Equator.  Not true!

Tour guides take tourists there because the museum pays them a kickback (which the official Mitad del Mundo doesn’t).

A group of unscrupulous investors led by Mr. Humberto Vera started the Intiñan Solar Museum, which reportedly marks the true Equator. The tour guides demonstrate tricks thar are supposedly possible only at the Equator. NONSENSE!

What upsets me is that the tour guides at the Intiñan Solar Museum show credulous visitors tricks which are supposedly possible only on the Equator, such as water flowing both counter-clockwise and clockwise down a drain due to Coriolis effect, balancing eggs on end, or weakening of muscles due to latitude.  Nonsense!!!!!!!  Latitude – especially just a few feet in difference – has no measurable influence on these tricks; they are completely unrelated to the proximity of the supposed crossing of the Equator.  This is a prime example of Bad Physics fueled by greed pushed onto scientifically-ignorant tourists!  Shame on you Mr. Humberto Vera and the Intiñan Solar Museum!

 

The Intiñan Solar Museum is a shameless tourist trap.  Tour guides get a kickback from the uscrupulous owners of this site where credulous turists are shown tricks that supposedly can happen only at the Equator.  This is prime wxample of Bad Physics fueled by greed!

The Intiñan Solar Museum is a shameless tourist trap. Tour guides get a kickback from the unscrupulous owners of this site where credulous tourists are shown tricks that supposedly can happen only at the Equator. This is a prime example of Bad Physics fueled by greed!

 

 

 

 
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  1. (mi madre era sur americana)
    Si el Señor Vera enseñara verdadera ciencia, las demostraciones serian un millón de veces más sorprendentes y maravillosas.

    David e hijas, si les interesa aprender a hablar de la ciencia en Español, mi web site favorito es el de la Mula Francis, ubicado en España. Sur América e España tienen tremendo potencial en la ciencia que ha sido desperdiciado por siglos, pero espero que con el internet, la situación cambie. (España, a pesar de ser parte de Europa, no hace mucha ciencia de calidad tampoco. Es un misterio porque Inglaterra ha producido tan grandes científicos como Newton, Maxwell, Darwin, Dirac, etc., etc, y España no ha producido nada. ¡En España, la homeopatía es parte normal de la medicina proveída por el estado!)




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