A PhD student submitted a thesis declaring Earth to be flat, 13,500 years old, and remains stationary in the centre of the universe. The student has rejected Newton and Einstein’s theories astronomical discoveries made by Copernicus and Kepler, the Big Bang theory, basically modern science. She claims that the Sun has a diameter has an average diameter of 1,135 kilometres (the distance between Surat and Varanasi for example), not 1.4 million km. She claims that the moon is “908 km wide, and they lie 687 and 23 times closer to Earth, respectively; there are 11 planets; stars are “limited” in number and have a diameter of 292 km (not millions of km),” according to a report by Gulf News.

What is disturbing is that this doctoral thesis was presented after five years of study under a supervisor who held the rank of a Professor. She has also previously graduated at the top of her class. Her thesis has been sent to two assessors which mean it has passed the first stage of approvals.

Thankfully, academics have completely rejected this student’s thesis which is full of grammatical errors, mediocre references and weak scientific arguments. The thesis has been published in an obscure journal where people can basically pay to get their work published.

Nidhal Guessoum, a professor of physics and astronomy at the American University of Sharjah, the author of the article on Gulf News says, the thesis was based on taking “adherence to religious, scriptural literalism, in other words taking the meanings of religious texts literally and blindly, at the cost of rejecting all knowledge that appears to contradict it, no matter how much evidence supports it.”

The thesis also uses physical and religious arguments to prove the world scale of the Biblical great flood, says that stars are ornaments in the sky, they guide creatures in the darkness of the earth and that they stone the devils. The thesis also proposes the geocentric approach in accordance with the verses of the Quran.

The Flat Earth theory has made somewhat of a comeback due to social media and the YouTube channel ‘Secure Team‘ who claim the planet is actually a disk with the Arctic circle in the middle. They also claim that Antarctica is actually a 150-foot-high ice wall which prevents us from falling off the Earth into outer space. Does it also save us from the White Walkers? You will have to ask them.