"In the interest of preserving for posterity the wealth of flat Earth knowledge and research done during the late 19th and early 20th century, I am continuing a series of audiobook and PDF downloads to make them more easily and widely available."
Today's selection is Ebenezer Breach's 1896 booklet "50 Scientific Facts for the Downfall of Modern Astronomy."
Please Note: Ebenezer Breach was a literalist Christian and makes a few points in this booklet which are clearly not scientific, and potentially not even facts.
He also made his own astronomical measurements and had his own figures for the diameter and distance of the Sun, Moon and stars which differed from other 19th century flat Earthers, who themselves didn't have a consensus, other than to always be working with tens, hundreds and thousands, rather than the heliocentrist's millions, billions and trillions.
Listen/Read all the other Flat Earth Audiobooks/PDFs I have created here: https://ericdubay.wordpress.com/category/audiobooks/
In 1896, Ebenezer Breach published a booklet titled 50 Scientific Facts for the Downfall of Modern Astronomy, in which he set out to challenge the accepted theories of astronomy, much to the chagrin of modern astronomers. Breach argued that the theories of Copernicus, Newton and others regarding the nature of the universe were wrong. Instead, he proposed that the accepted theories of modern astronomy had “differences from truth,” and should be abandoned.
Breach's basic argument was that the universe operated differently than the accepted theories had taught for centuries. He argued that the Earth was not the center of the universe and that the moon, planets, asteroids, and other celestial bodies did not rotate around it. Rather, these celestial bodies were floating in an "abiding ocean," held in place by a mysterious force called "Eternal Attraction." Breach further argued that these laws of eternal attraction and repulsion were responsible for the times and tides, the movements of the stars and the occasional strange phenomena seen on the night sky.
Breach's booklet struck a nerve with the scientific community of the day. His unorthodox theories were ridiculed by many professional astronomers who believed that Breach had misinterpreted the scientific laws of the universe and his counter-theories had no basis in scientific fact. Despite the harsh criticism, Breach continued to defend his booklet, believing that he had uncovered truth which some were reluctant to accept.
Though widely dismissed by the scientific community at the time, some of Breach’s ideas are finding new life in the form of "string theory," an enigmatic branch of quantum physics which postulates that the universe is composed of minute strings of energy which are held together by mysterious forces. While string theory has enjoyed some newfound acceptance in recent years, many astronomers remain skeptical.
Whether Breach was truly a visionary who stumbled across some truth which others refused to believe or simply a man who was a few centuries ahead of his time, his ideas remain in the history of science and continue to challenge accepted theories.