"A new scientific truth does not win by convincing the skeptics and making them see the light, but rather because the skeptics eventually die."
A memorandum of Mike's candidates for new scientific truths...
1. Additional centrifugal force due to Earth's faster rotation would "flatten us all like pancakes" (The Choice, p. 32.)
2. If the orbit of Mars was perfectly circular, Mars and Earth would remain at the same distance from each other for ever. (Explaining his error on p.34.)
3. Newton's laws of motion only work if the object being measured doesn't rotate (The Choice, p. 60)
4. An annular eclipse happens when the Moon is unusually close to Earth (The Choice, p. 214.)
5. Nobody really knows much about the Moon (AAotM, p. 5.)
6. Lunar construction glass would be twice as strong as steel (AAotM, p. 51-2.)
7. The lunar craters Asada and Proclus A are in fact satellite dishes (AAotM, p. 108.)
8. Clouds look white in images of Earth in space because light comes off them faster. Oceans look dark because the light has to travel all the way to the ocean bed and back (AAotM, p. 125.)
9. There's a one mile square ziggurat at 174.31°E, 8.95°S on the Moon (AAotM, ch. 9.)
10. Oh, and there's also a gun emplacement, a beach house, a crane and a spaceship (ibid.)
I'd say the entire population of the planet would die before any of those became truthy.