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By James R. Voelkel

This is without doubt one of the most crucial reports in many years on Johannes Kepler, one of the towering figures within the historical past of astronomy. Drawing widely on Kepler's correspondence and manuscripts, James Voelkel finds that the strikingly strange kind of Kepler's magnum opus, Astronomia nova (1609), has been regularly misinterpreted. Kepler laid forth the 1st of his 3 legislation of planetary movement during this paintings. rather than a simple presentation of his effects, although, he led readers on a wild goose chase, recounting the numerous error and fake starts off he had skilled. This had lengthy been deemed a ''confessional'' replicate of the daunting technical stumbling blocks Kepler confronted. As Voelkel amply demonstrates, it really is not.

Voelkel argues that Kepler's sort should be understood in simple terms within the context of the conditions during which the ebook used to be written. beginning with Kepler's earliest writings, he strains the improvement of the astronomer's principles of ways the planets have been moved through a strength from the solar and the way this is able to be expressed mathematically. And he exhibits how Kepler's as soon as broader study application used to be diverted to an in depth exam of the movement of Mars. certainly, Voelkel indicates that Kepler was once good conscious of the tough reception his paintings may receive--both from Tycho Brahe's heirs and from modern astronomers; and the way this led him to an avowedly rhetorical pseudo-historical presentation of his effects. In treating Kepler ultimately as a determine in time and never as self sufficient of it, this paintings can be welcomed by means of historians of technology, astronomers, and historians.

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