Epitome of Copernican Astronomy and Harmonies of the World

Epitome of Copernican Astronomy and Harmonies of the World The brilliant German mathematician Johannes Kepler one of the founders of modern astronomy revolutionized the Copernican heliocentric theory of the universe with his three laws of motion

  • Title: Epitome of Copernican Astronomy and Harmonies of the World
  • Author: Johannes Kepler
  • ISBN: 9781573920360
  • Page: 360
  • Format: Paperback
  • The brilliant German mathematician Johannes Kepler 1571 1630 , one of the founders of modern astronomy, revolutionized the Copernican heliocentric theory of the universe with his three laws of motion that the planets move not in circular but elliptical orbits, that their speed is greatest when nearest the sun, and that the sun and planets form an integrated system ThisThe brilliant German mathematician Johannes Kepler 1571 1630 , one of the founders of modern astronomy, revolutionized the Copernican heliocentric theory of the universe with his three laws of motion that the planets move not in circular but elliptical orbits, that their speed is greatest when nearest the sun, and that the sun and planets form an integrated system This volume contains two of his most important works The Epitome of Copernican Astronomy books 4 and 5 of which are translated here is a textbook of Copernican science, remarkable for the prominence given to physical astronomy and for the extension to the Jovian system of the laws recently discovered to regulate the motions of the Planets Harmonies of the World book 5 of which is translated here expounds an elaborate system of celestial harmonies depending on the varying velocities of the planets.

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    1. When I ran the randomizer on my list of like a million books, I just knew the first one would be some technical doozy. And the Debbie Downer inside of me was not wrong. Oh well; plenty of enthusiasm for my new project of reading through a big chunk of the world’s best and most influential books, so I can do this! Remember, one of my rules was that I would make it through every book word-by-word except for technical tomes.Right away, I learned something that I put to use. If I am going to read [...]

    2. This is a collection of samples of two of Kepler's most important works: (1) The Epitome of Copernican Astronomy (only books 4 and 5) in which Kepler describes the heliocentric theory of Copernicus in an accessible way for laypeople and (2) Harmonies of the World (only book 5).It is, surprisingly, well written and accessible, even for contemporary readers. Copernicus' theory was originally published in 1543 in his book De Revolutionibus. It didn't really cause a stir and went largely unnoticed f [...]

    3. Kepler’s work is another step away from the view that the universe and earth were governed by distinct physical rules. Though the variance from Aristotle’s Metaphysics and On the Heavens is noted by Kepler himself, there remains a key similarity. Both see in the sky a theological structure. Kepler’s overt religiosity is seen in everything including man’s opportunity to study the heavens. Let the eighteenth argument come from the end of movement, by which it is proved that movement belong [...]

    4. (I did not read Kepler's work on musical harmony. This is my attempt at a review on his Epitome of Copernican Astronomy.)Epitome of Copernican Astronomy is a challenging read for us not-so-technical types, but the "Q & A" format was an interesting approach. What one will not find is a formal layout of the laws of planetary motion. There are enough references to them in the book to see the laws at work, but the raw data and formal presentation is in his Commentary on Mars, a work to which the [...]

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