Hubble Told the Best Story

In “Whoever Tells the Best Story Wins” author Annette Simmons explains that facts are important but they often fail to connect with those who hear them. To be truly informative and persuasive, you need good stories — especially personal stories. This may be why there are more stories about “Galileo vs. the Church” than they are about facts about the Universe.

During the 15th and 16th centuries two stories were being told about the universe. The geocentric story, by Claudius Ptolemy, put the Earth at the center of the universe and “held sway” into the early modern age, which placed…