Home | Texts by category | | Quick Search:   
Works by Aristotle
Pages of Meteorology

Previous | Next


H, K there will have been drawn lines with the same ratio to one

another, not only to the circumference MN but to another point as

well, which is impossible. Since then D cannot bear that ratio to

any line either lesser or greater than IM (the proof being in either

case the same), it follows that it must stand in that ratio to MI

itself. Therefore as MI is to IK so IH will be to MI and finally MH to


If, then, a circle be described with I as pole at the distance MI it

will touch all the angles which the lines from H and K make by their

reflection. If not, it can be shown, as before, that lines drawn to

different points in the semicircle will have the same ratio to one

another, which was impossible. If, then, the semicircle A be

revolved about the diameter HKI, the lines reflected from the points

H, K at the point M will have the same ratio, and will make the

angle KMH equal, in every plane. Further, the angle which HM and MI

make with HI will always be the same. So there are a number of

triangles on HI and KI equal to the triangles HMI and KMI. Their

perpendiculars will fall on HI at the same point and will be equal.

Let O be the point on which they fall. Then O is the centre of the

circle, half of which, MN, is cut off by the horizon. (See diagram.)

Next let the horizon be ABG but let H have risen above the

horizon. Let the axis now be HI. The proof will be the same for the

rest as before, but the pole I of the circle will be below the horizon

AG since the point H has risen above the horizon. But the pole, and

the centre of the circle, and the centre of that circle (namely HI)

which now determines the position of the sun are on the same line. But

since KH lies above the diameter AG, the centre will be at O on the

line KI below the plane of the circle AG determined the position of

the sun before. So the segment YX which is above the horizon will be

less than a semicircle. For YXM was a semicircle and it has now been

cut off by the horizon AG. So part of it, YM, will be invisible when

the sun has risen above the horizon, and the segment visible will be

Previous | Next
Site Search