Johannes Kepler: Discovering the Laws of Celestial Motion

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  • Book
  • 144 pages
  • Level: all audiences

This book about Johannes Kepler is oriented toward younger readers.  Written by William Boerst and was published in 2003, the book provides an overview of Kepler’s life and work that includes Kepler’s religious motivation for his work.  For example, it notes that Kepler viewed the heliocentric system as a fitting creation of God, and cites Kepler’s statement that the real purpose of comets is as “witnesses that there is a God in heaven, by whom all future fortune by whom all future fortune and misfortune is foreseen, announced, decreed, regulated, measured and governed”.  It contains many historical illustrations.  The focus of the book is on Kepler’s science, and particularly on his Laws of Planetary motion.  To this end it includes both diagrams and some introductory mathematics.

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