A New Theory of the Earth, from Its Original, to the Consummation of All Things

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General Books LLC, 2009 - 316 pages
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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1755 edition. Excerpt: ...larger 204-than it. (2.) None (2.) None of their descending Orbits are duly situate, I mean between 90 and 100 Degrees from Aries: Which Position is yet absolutely necessary in this Cafe. For the Precession of the Equinox, which is about 50 Degrees, added to the 46 Degrees that the Earth was distant from Aries when the Flood began, must suppose the descending Orbit of the Comet to be now between 90 and 100 Degrees from Aries: At which Place none of the descending Orbits of the other Comets are now situate; as Dr. Halley's Table, and my Solar System grounded thereon, will readily shew. (3.) None of the others' Nodes are so situate, as is necessary to bring the Comet near enough to our Earth; I mean, between 90 and 100 Degrees from Aries; and so as to cross the Plane of the Ecliptick very near to the Distance of the Earth from the Sun; as is also plain from the same Table and System. Nay indeed, the wrong Situation of the descending Orbits, noted under the last Head, renders this due Situation of the Nodes plainly impossible. For it being necessary, that the Orbit it self intersect the Ecliptick. it self in the 17th Degree of Taurus; this cannot possibly be in such a Situation of the Orbit, as that we have already mention'd to belong to all the rest of the known Comets. So that these other Comets were utterly incapable of being instrumental in the Deluge, even tho' their Periods should any of them agree; which yet we know not that any of them do. II. This Comet was of the fame Bigness vixub, supra. that which pafs'd by at that Time; I mean a very small one, and only 10 times as large as the Moon. This appears by Mr. Flamjtead's Determination of its apparent Diameter, about 20' when it was nearly as far off as the Sun: Whereas as he supposes that of...

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William Whiston (1662-1752), translator, was an English mathematician and historian who succeeded Isaac Newton as the Lucasian Professor of Mathematics at the University of Cambridge.

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