Thomas Winship (aka Rectangle) was a South African author and Flat Earth advocate working in the late 19th and early 20th Centuries. His best known work is Zetetic Cosmogony; or Conclusive Evidence that the World is not a Rotating Revolving Globe but a Stationary Plane Circle (1899).
“ Modern astronomical teaching affirms that the world we live on is a globe, which rotates, revolves and spins away in space at brain-reeling rates of speed; that the Sun is a million and a half times the volume of the earth-globe, and nearly a hundred million miles distant from it; that the moon is about a quarter the size of earth; that it receives all its light from the Sun, and is thus only a reflector, and not a giver of light; that it attracts the body of the earth and thus causes the tides; that the stars are worlds and Suns, some of them equal in importance to our own Sun himself, and others vastly his superior; that these worlds, inhabited by sentient beings, are without numbers and occupy space boundless in extent and illimitable in duration; the whole of these interlaced bodies being subject to, and supported by, universal gravitation, the foundation and father of the whole fabric.
To fanciful minds and theoretical speculators, the so-called
‘science’ of modern astronomy furnishes a field, unsurpassed in
any science for the unrestrained license of the imagination, and
the building up of a complicated conjuration of absurdities such as
to overawe the simpleton and make him gape with wonder; to
deceive even those who truly believe their assumptions to be
—Thomas Winship, ”Zetetic Cosmogony”