There are limits to how well you can render a concept on paper, or in 2D, so science illustrations that are considered state-of-the-art are often somewhat inaccurate. Other science explanations have been simplified for students, and the simplification sticks in our heads. They also stick in our textbooks, often for decades after new information is available! Michael Stevens from Vsauce guest-hosts this week’s mental floss video. He explains some of the details you should know about classic science illustrations. The scale model of the solar system that he references can be found here. -via mental_floss
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