• Title: Kepler and the Universe: How One Man Revolutionized Astronomy
  • Author: David Love
  • ISBN: 9781633881068
  • Page: 477
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Kepler and the Universe How One Man Revolutionized Astronomy A contemporary of Galileo and a forerunner of Isaac Newton Johannes Kepler was a pioneering German scientist and a pivotal figure in the history of astronomy This colorful well researched
    A contemporary of Galileo and a forerunner of Isaac Newton, Johannes Kepler 1571 1630 was a pioneering German scientist and a pivotal figure in the history of astronomy This colorful, well researched biography brings the man and his scientific discoveries to life, showing how his contributions were every bit as important as those of Copernicus, Galileo, and Newton It wA contemporary of Galileo and a forerunner of Isaac Newton, Johannes Kepler 1571 1630 was a pioneering German scientist and a pivotal figure in the history of astronomy This colorful, well researched biography brings the man and his scientific discoveries to life, showing how his contributions were every bit as important as those of Copernicus, Galileo, and Newton It was Kepler who first advocated the completely new concept of a physical force emanating from the sun that controls the motion of the planets today we call this gravity and take it for granted He also established that the orbits of the planets were elliptical in shape and not circular And his three laws of planetary motion are still used by contemporary astronomers and space scientists The author focuses not just on these and other momentous breakthroughs but also on Kepler s arduous life, punctuated by frequent tragedy and hardships His first wife died young, and eight of the twelve children he fathered succumbed to disease in infancy or childhood He was frequently caught up in the religious persecutions of the day His mother narrowly escaped death when she was accused of being a witch.Intermingling historical and personal details of Kepler s life with lucid explanations of his scientific research, this book presents a sympathetic portrait of the man and underscores the critical importance of Kepler s discoveries in the history of astronomy.

    One Reply to “Kepler and the Universe: How One Man Revolutionized Astronomy”

    1. Part biography and part overview of the history of astronomy, this book could aptly be subtitled The trials and tribulations of Johannes Kepler. Life in early 17th century Europe was not easy. Kepler's was especially difficult. He was a sickly child but intelligent and hard-working, none of which enhanced his popularity with his young peers. He was recognized by his teachers, though, and was given opportunities, but his religion limited his advancement. He was a professed Lutheran, which preclud [...]

    2. I was in sixth grade when I had to write a paper on Kepler. I found him fascinating, though I didn't fully grasp the significance of planetary ellipses. I still find Kepler fascinating, and thought it high time to reacquaint myself with his contributions to science. This provides a solid description of the world he inhabited as well as explanations of the work he produced. I wouldn't call it deeply engrossing or a great piece of narrative nonfiction (which I don't think that it is trying to be). [...]

    3. Lucidly written. Love gives us all the details on the life and personal challenges of a ground-breaking astronomer that we've been missing, as well as explaining Kepler's work and how it fits into the Scientific Revolution.

    4. A concise history of Kepler's life and the developments of his thought, including his influences such as Tycho Brahe, and his own influence on his contemporaries. A little short on actual equations, but it presented the ideas clearly and was greatly readable.

    5. Interesting story about Kepler I enjoy reading about scientists and all they did to combat the ignorance of their time

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