Full text: Wilkins, John: A discovery of a new world

That the Earth may be a Planet. perpetual veſtal Fire; by which he did repre-
ſent the Sun in the Centre of the World. All theſe Men were in their ſeveral times of
ſpecial Note, as well for their extraordinary
Learning as for this Opinion.

58.1.

† Archi-
uredes de
arena nu-
mero.

’Tis conſiderable, that ſince this Science of
Aſtronomy hath been rais’d to any perfection,
there have been many of the beſt skill in it,
that have aſſented unto that aſſertion which
is here defended. Amongſt whom was the
Cardinal Cuſanus, but more eſpecially Coper-
nicus, who was a Man very exact and dili-
gent in theſe ſtudies for above 30 years toge-
ther, from the year 1500 to 1530, and up-
wards: And ſince him, moſt of the beſt A-
ſtronomers have been of his ſide. So that
now, there is ſcarce any of note and skill,
who are not Copernicus his followers; and if
we ſhould go to moſt voices, this Opinion
would carry it from any other. It would be
too tedious to reckon up the names of thoſe
that may be cited for it; I will only mention
ſome of the chief: Such were Joachinus Rhe-
ticus, an elegant Writer, Chriſtopherus Roth-
man, Mestlin, a Man very eminent for his
ſingular skill in this Science; who though at
the firſt he were a follower of Ptolomy, yet
upon his ſecond and more exact thoughts,
he concluded Copernicus to be in the right,
and that the uſual Hypotheſis, praſcriptione potiùs quàm ratione valet, do’s prevail more
by preſcription than reaſon. So likewiſe
Eraſmus Reinholdus, who was the Man that
calculated the Prutenical Tables from Coper-

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