My dear Kepler, what would you say of the learned here, who, replete with the pertinacity of the asp, have steadfastly refused to cast a glance through the telescope? What shall we make of this? Shall we laugh, or shall we cry?
We must say that there are as many squares as there are numbers.
And yet it moves.
Measure what is measurable, and make measurable what is not so.
If I were again beginning my studies, I would follow the advice of Plato and start with mathematics.
I give infinite thanks to God, who has been pleased to make me the first observer of marvelous things.