This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1714 Excerpt: ...was thought necessary, because otherwise the Atoms could never have met together-, and consequently there could have been no Generation of any Thing whatever. Cicero, in t. lib. de Fin. Censet Epicurus ilia solida ac individual Corpora Materi ferri suo deorsum pondere ad lineam: hunc naturalem esse omnium Corporum Motum. Delude ibidem homo acutus cum illud occurreret, si omnia deorfom £ regione ferrentur, &, ut dixi, ad lineam, nunquam fore ut Atomus altera alteram posset attingere: itaque attulit rem commentitiam; declinare dixit Atomum mum perpaulum, quo nihil posset fieri minus. Ita effiei Copulationes, & Complexiones, & Adhæsiones Atomorum inter se, ex quo efficeretur mundus, omnesque partes mundi, quæque in eo mat. Epicurus was of Opinion that those indivisible and solid Bodies are carry'd downwards in a direct Line by their own Weight: that this is the natural Motion of all Bodies: but at the fame time he sagaciously reflected, that if all the Atoms descended by their own Weight in a strait Line, they would never reach or touch one another. He therefore being.put to his Shifts for another Invention, asserted that they decline some small Matter In their Descent; but so very little, that nothing can be less: and that from this Declination proceed the Conjunction's, Unions and Adhesions of the Atoms to one another, and among themselves: by which Means was made the World, and all its several Parts, and whatever Things are contain'd in it. This Opinion Lucretius explains in 30. v, and first in these 6. v. teaches, that this declining Motion must be granted, otherwise the Seeds would be mov'd like Drop; of Rain, always apart and disjoin'd from one another: there would be no Blows, and the Atoms would never combine If anyone believ...