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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[41. PROP. XII.]
[42. PROP. XIII.]
[43. PROP. XIV.]
[44. FINIS.]
[45. A DISCOURSE Concerning a Rem Planet. Tending to prove That ’tis probable our EARTH is one of the PLANETS. The Second Book. By John Wilkins, late L. Biſhop of Cheſter.]
[46. LONDON: Printed by J. D. for John Gellibrand, at the Golden Ball in St. Paul’s Church-Yard. M.DC.LXXXIV.]
[47. To the Reader.]
[48. PROP. I.]
[49. PROP. II.]
[50. PROP. III.]
[51. PROP. IV.]
[52. PROP. V.]
[53. PROP. VI.]
[54. PROP. VII. PROP. VIII. PROP. IX. PROP. X.]
[55. That the EARTH May be a PLANET. PROP. I.]
[56. PROP. II.]
[57. PROP. III.]
[58. PROP. IV.]
[59. PROP. V. That the Scripture, in its proper conſtru-ction, does not any where affirm the Immobility of the Earth.]
[60. PROP. VI. That there is not any Argument from the Words of Scripture, Principles of Na-ture, or Obſervations in Aſtronomy, which can ſuſſiciently evidence the Earth to be in the Gentre of the Uni-verſe.]
[61. PROP. VII. Tis probable that the Sun is in the Gentre of the World.]
[62. PROP. VIII. That there is not any ſufficient reaſon to prove the Earth incapable of thoſe mo-tions which Copernicus aſcribes un-to it.]
[63. Provebimur portu, terræque, verbeſq; recedunt.]
[64. PROP. IX. That it is more probable the Earth does move, than the Sun or Heavens.]
[65. PROP. X. That this Hypotheſis is exactly agreeable to common appearances.]
[66. Quicunq; ſolam mente præcipiti petit]
[67. Brevem replere non valentis ambitum, # Pudebit aucti nominis.]
[68. FINIS.]
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That the Moon may be a World.
neſs, whereas then he could only ſee ſome
ſmall parts of it;
but how much Brighter
would it have appeared if he might in a direct
Line behold the whole Globe of Earth, and
theſe Rays gathered together?
So that if we
Conſider that great Light which the Earth re-
ceives from the Sun in the Summer, and then
Supoſe we were in the Moon, where we might
ſee the whole Earth hanging in thoſe vaſt
Spaces, where there is nothing to Terminate
the Sight, but thoſe Beams which are there
Contracted into a little Compaſs;
I ſay, if we
do well Conſider this, we may eaſily Conceive
that our Earth appears as Bright to thoſe
other Inhabitants in the Moon, as their doth
to us.
But here it may be Objected, that with us,
for many Days in the Year, the Heavens are ſo
overclouded, that we cannot ſee the Sun at
all, and for the moſt part, in our brighteſt
Days, there are many ſcattered Clouds, which
ſhade the Earth in ſundry Places;
ſo that in
this Reſpect, it muſt needs be unlike the
Moon and will not be able to yeild ſo clear,
unintermited a Light, as it Receives from that
Planet;
To this I Anſwer.
1. As for thoſe leſſer brighter Clouds
which for the moſt part are Scattered up and
down in the cleareſt Days, theſe can be no
Reaſon why our Earth ſhould be of a Darker
appearance, becauſe theſeClouds being near un-
to the Earth, and ſo not Diſtinguiſhable at ſo
great a Diſtance from it, and likewiſe being
Illuminated on their back Parts by the Sun

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