- the equator was exactly 25,000 miles long,
- heaven was located just above the Van Allen radiation belt, and
- Mount Everest was the highest mountain in the world.
It is a sign of the faithless age in which we live that no one will really commit himself on precisely how long the equator is, and that contemporary theologians tend to blush at the notion of an astrophysical heaven. And now, science has dashed the last of my childhood geographical truths: Mount Everest may have fallen from its lofty heights.
Using laser beams, satellite linkups and other high-tech items, a team of American scientists has...