The Flat Earth Bible, published by Oxford University Press, has gone on sale in the UK.
The book was created by renowned Australian scientist, Michael Behe, and is described as the bible of flat earth sceptics.
It has sold more than 100,000 copies and was a major selling point for the book’s author, Professor Michael Bebel, when he announced his retirement in 2016.
He said he had never seen anything like it before, which prompted him to launch a fundraising campaign to cover the costs of the book.
In the first edition, Professor Bebel wrote: ‘Flat earth is nothing more than an urban legend that people have tried to peddle to gullible and gullible believers all over the world for years and years.
‘I think it is time to stop believing in it, and that’s what this book is about.’
He added: ‘The book will be available for free at your local library or bookstore in Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, South Korea, Singapore and the United States.’
Bebel has been criticised for some of his views, and his book has been branded a conspiracy theory.
But he has defended his views on flat earth and said the flat earth is ‘more or less the same as the moon’.
The Flat Earth Book has now been available in Australia for about a year, and Professor Behe said he would continue to promote the book and promote the Flat Earth Truth Movement.
A statement from the publisher reads: ‘Michael Bebel has made the extraordinary decision to retire from his role as a scientist and academic in the United Kingdom.
“He has been a very effective advocate for the scientific method, and has done so for many years.”
It is important to note that the Flat East Project, which he helped develop, has been an ongoing effort to educate the public on the issues around the Earth and the Sun, and its connection to the physical world.”‘
The Flat East Book’ has been available at many libraries in Australia and has also been available online in the US.
Bebe is currently based in Australia as part of his research into the solar system.
More: The Flat Earthers’ Flat Earth website is now available.
Professor Bebel is survived by his wife of 25 years, Sue, and their three children, Emma, Sarah and Jodi.