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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[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 Earth may be a Planet.

PROP. IX.

That it is more probable the Earth does
move, than the Sun or Heavens.

A Mongſt thoſe many Arguments that
may be urged for the conſirmation of
this Truth, I ſhall only ſet down theſe five.
1. If we ſuppoſe the Earth to be the
cauſe of this Motion, then will thoſe vaſt
and glorious Bodies of the Heavens, be freed
from that inconceivable, unnatural ſwift-
neſs, which muſt otherwiſe be attributed
unto them.
For if the Diurnal Revolution be in the
Vid. Mæſt.
Epit. Aſtr.
l. 1. in fine.
Heavens, then it will follow, according to
the common Hypotheſis, that each Star in
the Equator, muſt in every hour move at
the leaſt 4529538 German miles.
So that
according to the obſervation of Cardan,De Prop.
l. 5 prop. 58
who tells us, that the Pulſe of a well-tem-
pered Man, does beat 4000 times in an
hour;
one of the Stars in that ſpace, whilſt
the Pulſe beats once, muſt paſs 1132 Ger-
man miles (ſaith Alphraganus):
Or, ac-
cording to Tycho, 732 German miles.
But
theſe numbers ſeem to be ſomewhat of the
leaſt;
and therefore many others do much
enlarge them, affirming that every Star in

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