Here's What Some Common Scientific Illustrations Get Wrong
Some inaccuracies in scientific illustrations are due to the time they were made, as is the case with sketches of "real-life" unicorns and outdated anatomical models. Others occur because it's simply too difficult to convey a concept correctly in two dimensions. Maps of the world, for example, often distort the actual sizes of the continents.
Key Facts In This Video
Some historians believe that Benjamin Franklin flew his kite before a thunderstorm, collecting electricity from the clouds and not a bolt of lightning. (1:40)
There are at least 100,000 asteroids with a diameter longer than one kilometer in the asteroid belt, but they are spaced millions of kilometers apart. (4:15)
Leonardo da Vinci's anatomical illustrations of the female reproductive system had many inaccuracies. (7:04)