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.

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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 motionless, 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, The Sand-Reckoner, Third Century B.C.