Kepler's Physical Astronomy / Edition 1

Kepler's Physical Astronomy / Edition 1

by Bruce Stephenson
     
 

ISBN-10: 0691036527

ISBN-13: 9780691036526

Pub. Date: 07/05/1994

Publisher: Princeton University Press

From Hipparchus and Ptolemy in the ancient world, through Copernicus and Brahe in the sixteenth century, astronomers had used geometrical models to give a kinematic account of the movements of the sun, moon, and planets. Johannes Kepler revolutionized this most ancient of sciences by being the first to understand astronomy as a part of physics. By closely and

Overview

From Hipparchus and Ptolemy in the ancient world, through Copernicus and Brahe in the sixteenth century, astronomers had used geometrical models to give a kinematic account of the movements of the sun, moon, and planets. Johannes Kepler revolutionized this most ancient of sciences by being the first to understand astronomy as a part of physics. By closely and clearly analyzing the texts of Kepler's great astronomical works, in particular the Astronomia nova of 1609, Bruce Stephenson demonstrates the importance of Kepler's physical principles—principles now known to be "incorrect"—in the creation of his first two laws of planetary motion.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780691036526
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
Publication date:
07/05/1994
Series:
Studies in the History of Mathematics And
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
232
Product dimensions:
6.08(w) x 9.27(h) x 0.67(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Table of Contents

Preface
1Introduction1
2Mysterium Cosmographicum8
3Astronomia nova21
4Epitome of Copernican Astronomy138
5Kepler and the Development of Modern Science202
Bibliography206
Glossary209
Index213
Index to the Astronomia nova217

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