.... a quarter of Americans and a third of Europeans [do] not know that the Earth goes round the sun.
The American figure comes from research by the National Science Federation, a US government agency which has been asking this question as part of its survey of public attitudes to science since 1988. It asked a range of adults: "Does the Earth go around the sun, or does the sun go around the Earth?"
Tom W Smith, who carried out the poll at NORC, a specialist centre at the University of Chicago, says they sampled a group which reflects the whole population in terms of gender, age, education and ethnicity.
But why would so many people get this wrong? "Most of these questions involve having learned a scientific fact and remembering it," says Dr Smith.
"But if someone goes outside and observes the fact the sun rises in the east and sets in the west each day, that casual non-scientific observation might well lead them to take in the belief that the sun is revolving around the Earth."
The most recent research on this appears to be a European Union survey in 2005 which shows only 66% getting it right.
And other surveys over the past few years show that people in India and Malaysia don't do much better.
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