A Quote by Archimedes on books, certainty, earth, lies, and universe

Whether or not Copernicus knew it, even genuine heliocentrism had at least one ancient advocate: "But Aristarchus of Samos brought out a book consisting of certain hypotheses, in which the premises lead to the conclusion that the universe is many times greater than that now so called. His hypotheses are that the fixed stars and the sun remain motion less, that the earth revolves about the sun in the circumference of a circle, the sun lying in the middle of the orbit, and that the sphere of the fixed stars, situated about the same center as the sun, is so great that the circle in which he supposes the earth to revolve bears such a proportion to the distance of the fixed stars as the center of the sphere bears to its surface."

Archimedes (c.. 287 - 212 BC)

Source: The Sand-Reckoner by Aristarchus of Samos, Third Century B.C.

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