Johannes Kepler

Johannes Kepler

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Johannes Kepler (1571-1630) is remembered, along with Copernicus and Galileo, as one of the greatest Renaissance astronomers. A gifted analytical thinker, he made major contributions to physics, astronomy, and mathematics. Kepler was trained as a theologian, yet did not hesitate to challenge church doctrine and prevailing scientific beliefs by supporting the theory of a Sun-centered solar system. As Imperial Mathematician to the Holy Roman Emperor, he analyzed the precise observations of the heavens that his predecessor, the great astronomer Tycho Brahe, had recorded. The book follows the ingenious scientist along the difficult pathway from raw data to his monumental discovery--the three Laws of Planetary Motion. Kepler also made fundamental contributions to optical theory, including a correct description of the function of the eye and a new and improved telescope design. His unique Rudolfine Tables, universal calculations of planetary motion, were unprecedented in their accuracy. James Voelkel vividly describes these scientific achievements, providing enough background in astronomy and geometry so even beginners can follow Kepler's thinking and enjoy this book. Equally captivating is his account of Kepler's tumultuous life, plagued by misery, disease, war, and fervent religious persecution. Oxford Portraits in Science is an ongoing series of scientific biographies for young adults. Written by top scholars and writers, each biography examines the personality of its subject as well as the thought process leading to his or her discoveries. These illustrated biographies combine accessible technical information with compelling personal stories to portray the scientists whose work has shaped our understanding of the natural more

Product details

  • 12-17
  • Hardback | 144 pages
  • 172.2 x 243.3 x 16.3mm | 385.55g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • 0195116801
  • 9780195116809

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"Readable biography... Excellent boxed sections explain the astronomer's three Laws of Planetary Motion with clear diagrams.... Enhanced with fascinating and informative reproductions, including facsimiles of Kepler's writings.... An enjoyable introduction to a complex scientific life."--School Library Journal"Intriguing biography... Voelkel weaves the many strands of Kepler's story into an intricate and satisfying narrative.... A fine addition to both science and biography collections."--Booklist"An excellent addition to the series... Voelkel's book ... should appeal to younger readers and flows smoothly from one topic to another. The many illustrations add to the narrative.... I recommend the book highly for school and public libraries."--Science Books & Films"I was quickly drawn into the story and enjoyed reading it for relaxation.... A well-written summary of Kepler's life and times, full of insight, and a delight to read."--Planetarian"Written by a top scholar, the biography examines the personality of its subject as well as the thought process leading to his discoveries."--Curriculum Administrator"Admirable book ... shows true mastery of a subject ... exemplary in the way it emphasizes originality of achievement ... The book is exemplary also in its narration and presentation. It is beautifully illustrated.... Also offers much of great value for older historians of science."--Journal for the History of Astronomyshow more

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