Kepler (Google eBook)

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Society for promoting Christian knowledge, 1920 - 62 pages
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Page 50 - I will triumph overmankind by the honest confession, that I have stolen the golden vases of the Egyptians, to build up a tabernacle for my God far away from the confines of Egypt. If you forgive me, I rejoice ; if you are angry, I...
Page 50 - I had promised my friends in the title of this book,1 which I named before I was sure of my discovery what sixteen years ago I urged as a thing to be sought that for which I joined Tycho Brahe, for which I settled in Prague, for which I have devoted the...
Page 48 - ... runs shuddering away. What so like breathing, especially of those fish who draw water into their mouths and spout it out again through their gills, as that wonderful tide! For although it is so regulated according to the course of the moon, that, in the preface to my ' Commentaries on Mars,' I have mentioned it as probable that the waters are attracted by the moon as iron is by the loadstone ; yet, if any one uphold that the earth regulates its breathing according to the motion of the sun and...
Page 51 - God, far from the confines of Egypt. If you forgive me, I rejoice : if you are angry, I can bear it ; the die is cast, the book is written, to be read either now or by posterity, I care not which. I may well wait a century for a reader, as God has waited six thousand years for an observer.
Page 48 - I have mentioned it as probable that the waters are attracted by the moon, as iron is by the loadstone, yet if any one uphold that the earth regulates its breathing according to the motion of the sun and moon, as animals have daily and nightly alternations of sleep and waking, I shall not think his philosophy unworthy of being listened to ; especially if any flexible parts should be discovered in the depths of the earth to supply the functions of lungs or gills.
Page 46 - In order to pay the expense of the Ephemeris for these two years, I have also written a vile prophesying almanac, which is scarcely more respectable than begging; unless it be because it saves the emperor's credit, who abandons me entirely ; and with all his frequent and recent orders in council, would suffer me to perish with hunger.
Page 16 - Jupiter; the sphere containing this will be Saturn. Now inscribe in the earth an icosahedron; the circle inscribed in it will be Venus. Inscribe an octahedron in Venus; the circle inscribed in it will be Mercury' (Mysterium Cosmographicum, 1596).
Page 36 - The sphere of the attractive virtue which is in the moon extends as far as the earth, and entices up the waters ; but as the moon flies rapidly across the zenith, and the waters cannot follow so quickly, a flow of the ocean is occasioned in the torrid zone towards the westward.
Page 51 - I will indulge in my sacred fury ; I will triumph over mankind by the honest confession that I have stolen the golden vases of the Egyptians to build up a tabernacle for my God far from the confines of Egypt.
Page 36 - ... the westward. If the attractive virtue of the moon extends as far as the earth, it follows with greater reason that the attractive virtue of the earth extends as far as the moon, and much farther ; and in short, nothing which consists of earthly substance any how constituted, although thrown up to any height, can ever escape the powerful operation of this attractive virtue.

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