The Sun And Stars


The play of "Hamlet" printed in 1603, contains the line: "Doubt that the stars do move." In the second edition, published the following year, 1604, this line is altered to "Doubt that the sun doth move."
The author of this play believed that the earth was stationary, and that the stars and sun revolved round it.
Between the years 1543 and 1619 various philosophers proved that this was wrong and that the earth revolved around the sun.

Is it a coincidence that the author of "Hamlet" and also Francis Bacon both adhered to the old theory, and both never altered their opinion in spite of evidence to the contrary?

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