There had many novel ideas about the shape

There are, however, actual human beings living on this planet who once believed it to be one giant flat plane. The ancients had many novel ideas about the shape of the earth. The Babylonians thought the earth was hollow, to provide space for their underworld. The Egyptians thought the earth a square, with mountains at the edge supporting the vault of the sky. With this knowledge and speculations individuals like Christopher Columbus, set out to view the world as not flat, rather spherical. When Columbus set sail in 1492, he predicted he’d make landfall in Asia. History recounts that he defied Spanish officials sailing west instead of East because he was certain the world was round. Through the use of intuition from his own personal knowledge and reason, he was able to set out on his voyage. Voyages like this led to an increasing number of people taking the leap and exploring the unknown, which further increased societies awareness and understanding about the world (5). Lastly, in the field of mathematics, “suspension of disbelief” was crucial as it gave way to new discoveries in other areas of knowledge. All along during my studious math classes, we were told we were not able to take the square root of a negative number, we were only able to square a positive number. Now, however, you can take the square root of a negative number, but it involves using a new number to do it. This new number was invented / discovered around the time of the Reformation. At that time, nobody believed that any “real world” use would be found for this new number, other than easing the computations involved in solving certain equations, so the new number was viewed as being a pretend number invented for convenience sake. This new number was called “i”, which stands for “imaginary”. Its is called “imaginary” because everyone knows that “i” is not real. The imaginary defined as . This equation enables one to take the square root of a negative number and get an accurate and validate answer. We had to entertain the thought of this “imaginary” number because it has real life applications such as modelling how electrical circuits or forced spring/damper systems behaved. This discovery of the “imaginary” number created knowledge, the movement of the shock absorber of a car as it goes over a bump is an example of the latter. Therefore with the consistent use of imagination, a path to intuition was created which then conceived knowledge in other areas of knowledge such as the natural sciences. However, on the contrary, mathematics utilizes mostly intuition, logic and reasoning. A real life example of this would be the generic 1+1=2, through our growing intuition and logic, we are able to derive this answer, therefore showing that the area of mathematics relies on logic, which creates knowledge as math is  prominent in most subject areas. In conclusion, suspension of disbelief is essential in some areas of knowledge such as the arts, as it allows the audience to engage in the piece being showcased. However, in other areas, suspension of disbelief can be utilized to initiate the growth of knowledge.