Salusbury, Thomas, Mathematical collections and translations (Tome I), 1667

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no bigger than a Cart-wheel, with making not 365, but leſſe than
20 revolutions, to deſcribe and meaſure the circumference, not
onely of the grand Orb, but of one a thouſand times greater;
and this I ſ y to ſhew, that there do not want far greater
ties, than this wherewith your Author goeth about to detect the
errour of Copernicus: but I pray you, let us breath a little, that
ſo we may proceed to the other Philoſopher, that oppoſeth of the
ſame Copernicus.
It is not
ble with the
cumference of a
ſmall circle few
times revolved to
meaſure and
ſcribe a line bigger
than any great
cle what ſoever.
SAGR. To confeſſe the truth, I ſtand as much in need of
ſpite as either of you; though I have onely wearied my eares:
and were it not that I hope to hear more ingenious things from
this other Author, I queſtion whether I ſhould not go my ways, to

take the air in my ^{*} Pleaſure-boat.
SIMP. I believe that you will hear things of greater moment;
for this is a moſt accompliſhed Philoſopher, and a great
tician, and hath confuted Tycho in the buſineſſe of the Comets,
and new
* The name of
the Author is
pie Claramontius.
SALV. Perhaps he is the ſame with the Author of the Book,
called Anti-Tycho?
SIMP. He is the very ſame: but the confutation of the new
Stars is not in his Anti-Tycho, onely ſo far as he proveth, that they
were not prejudicial to the inalterability and ingenerability of the
Heavens, as I told you before; but after he had publiſhed his
Anti-Tycho, having found out, by help of the Parallaxes, a way to
demonſtrate, that they alſo are things elementary, and contained
within the concave of the Moon, he hath writ this other Book,
de tribus uovis Stellis, &c. and therein alſo inſerted the
ments againſt Copernicus: I have already ſhewn you what he
harh written touching theſe new Stars in his Anti-Tycho, where he
denied not, but that they were in the Heavens; but he proved, that
their production altered not the inalterability of the Heavens, and
that he did, with a Diſcourſe purely philoſophical, in the ſame man
ner as you have already heard.
And I then forgot to tell you, how
that he afterwards did finde out a way to remove them out of the
Heavens; for he proceeding in this confutation, by way of
putations and parallaxes, matters little or nothing at all
ſtood by me, I did not mention them to you, but have bent all my
ſtudies upon theſe arguments againſt the motion of the Earth,
which are purely natural.
SALV. I underſtand you very well: and it will be convenient
after we have heard what he hath to ſay againſt Copernicus, that
we hear, or ſee at leaſt the manner wherewith he, by way of
rallaxes, proveth thoſe new ſtars to be elementary, which ſo many
famous Aſtronomers conſtitute to be all very high, and amongſt
the ſtars of the Firmament; and as this Author accompliſheth ſuch

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