Wilkins, John, A discovery of a new world : or a discourse tending to prove, that 'tis probable there may be another Habitable World in the Moon ; with a discourse concerning the Probability of a Passage thither; unto which is added, a discourse concerning a New Planet, tending to prove, that 'tis probable our earth is one of the Planets

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19414That the Earth may be a Planet. nicus’s obſervations, and did intend to write
11Ibid. a Commentary upon his other Works, but
that he was taken out of this Life before he
could finiſh thoſe reſolutions.
Unto theſe
alſo I might add the names of Gilbert, Keplar,
Gallilæus, with ſundry others, who have much
beautified and confirmed this Hypotheſis, with
their new inventions.
Nay, I may ſafely af-
firm, that amongſt the variety of thoſe Opi-
nions that are in Aſtronomy, there are more (of
thoſe which have skill in it) that are of this
Opinion, not only than any other, but
than all the reſt put together.
So that now
it is a greater Argument of Singularity to
oppoſe it.
’Tis probable, that many other of the
225 Conſid. Antients would have aſſented unto this Opi-
nion, if they had been acquainted with thoſe
experiments which later times have found
out for the confirmation of it:
And there-
fore Rheticus and Keplar do ſo often 33In Nar-
that Ariſtotle were now alive again.
onleſs he was ſo rational and ingenious a
cap. 1. Item
pref. ad 4.
1. Aſtr. Co-
Man (not half ſo obſtinate as many of his
followers) that upon ſuch probabilities as
theſe, he would quickly have renounced his
ownPrinciples, &
have come over to this ſide:
For in one place, having propoſed ſome
queſtions about the Heavens, which were
55de Cal. l. 2.
c. 12.
not eaſie to be reſolved:
He ſets down this
rule, that in difficulties, a Man may take a
liberty to ſpeak that which ſeems moſt like-
ly to him:
And in ſuch caſes, an aptneſs to
gueſs at ſome reſolution, for the

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