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Science  01 Jan 2016:
Vol. 351, Issue 6268, pp. 35
DOI: 10.1126/science.aad2891

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Before Columbus discovered America, people believed that the world was flat. When the apple struck Newton's head, he discovered gravity and replaced God with objective truth. Gregor Mendel was a lone genius who discovered genetics. You will probably have heard at least some of these stories—you may even have believed them—but this delightful collection of short, thought-provoking essays shows that they are all myths.