Foscarini, Paolo Antonio, An epistle to fantoni, 1661

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others, ſuch as were thoſe of Plato, Calippus, Eudoxus; and ſince

them of Averroe, ^{*} Cardanus, Fracaſtorius, and others both Anti-
ent and Modern, there is not one found that is more facile, more
regularly ahd determinately, accommodated to the Phœnomena
and Motions of the Heavens, without Epicycles, Excentrix, Ho-
mocentricks Deferents, and the ſupputation of the Rapid Motion.
And this Hypotheſis hath been aſſerted for true, not onely by
Pythagoras, and, after him, by Copernicus, but by many famous
men, as namely, Heraclitus, and Ecphantus, Pythagoreans, all the
Diſciples of that Sect, Miceta of Syracuſe, Martianus Capella, and
many more.
Amongſt whom, thoſe (as we have ſaid) that
have attempted the finding out of New Syſtemes (for they refu-
ſed both this of Pythagoras, and that of Ptolemy) are numberleſs:
who yet notwithſtanding allowed this Opinion of Pythagoras to
carry with it much probability, and indirectly confirmed it; inaſ-
much as that they rejected the common one as imperfect, defe-

ctive, and attended with many contradictions and difficulties.
Amongſt theſe may be numbered Father ^{*} Clavius, a moſt learn-
ed Jeſuite; who, although he refutes the Syſteme of Pythagoras,
yet acknowledgeth the Levity of the common Syſteme, and he
ingeniouſly confeſſeth, that for the removal of difficulties, in which
the common Syſteme will not ſerve the turn, Aſtronomers are
forced to enquire after another Syſteme, to the diſcovery of
which, he doth very earneſtly exhort them.
* Cardan de re-
rum variet.
Lib. 1.
Cap. 1.
* P. Clavins in
ultima ſuor.
Ope-
rum editione.
Judicium populi nunquam contempſeris unus,
Ne nullis place as, dum vis contemnere multos.

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