The History of the Works of the Learned Volume 1738, No. 2

The History of the Works of the Learned Volume 1738, No. 2

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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. 1739 edition. Excerpt: ...this Event to Herodotus, explained themselves imperfccftly, or Herodotus misunderstood them. For it might be a probable Tradition among Philosophers, that the Sun had changed his Course, but that the cardinal Points should be twice changed in eleven thousand and odd Years, was a thing impossible. These two Revolutions, as we are go4' ing Years from the Beginning of their Astronomical Observations, the Babylonian Year being but 36o Days: But this Epocha of 4o3, ooo Years has been regarded as a Monument of the Vanity of a conquered Nation, which was willing accord. ing to' the Custom of all Nations, and all parti-cular Persons, to recover by its Antiquity the Glory it had lost by its Weakness. 64 The Sciences at last, having been brought a. mong us, and being cultivated by Degrees, the Chevalier de Louville, distinguished among the Croud of them who 'did Honour to the Age of Lewis XIV. went expresly to Mzrfi-illes, to see if the Obliquity of the Ecliptic appeared the same there as it had been observed and fixed by Pitheas, above 2ooo Years ago. He sound this Obliquity of the Ecliptic, that is, the Angle formed by the Axis of the Equator, and the Axis of the Ecliptic, to be 20 Minutes less than Pitheas found it. How did this 20 Minutes Di-minution of this Angle agree with the Opinion of ancient Egypt, and with the 4o3, ooo Years of which Babylon boasted P How, with a Period of the World of near zoooooo of Years, and even, according to Lou-uille's Observation, of above two Millions? We must see the Use he made of it, and how there is like to result from it, hereafter, an Astronomy altogether new. 4' Tho' the Angle which the Axis of the Equator makes with the Axis of the Ecliptic be 20 Mi-nutes less at this Day than it was zooo Years ago, the Axis of.
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