Kepler's Witch: An Astronomer's Discovery of Cosmic Order Amid Religious War, Political Intrigue, and the Heresy Trial of His Mother

Kepler's Witch: An Astronomer's Discovery of Cosmic Order Amid Religious War, Political Intrigue, and the Heresy Trial of His Mother

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by James A. Connor
     
 

ISBN-10: 0060750499

ISBN-13: 9780060750497

Pub. Date: 05/10/2005

Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers

Set against the backdrop of the witchcraft trial of his mother, this lively biography of Johannes Kepler – 'the Protestant Galileo' and 16th century mathematician and astronomer – reveals the surprisingly spiritual nature of the quest of early modern science.

In the style of Dava Sobel's Galileo's Daughter, Connor's book brings to life the

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Set against the backdrop of the witchcraft trial of his mother, this lively biography of Johannes Kepler – 'the Protestant Galileo' and 16th century mathematician and astronomer – reveals the surprisingly spiritual nature of the quest of early modern science.

In the style of Dava Sobel's Galileo's Daughter, Connor's book brings to life the tidal forces of Reformation, Counter–Reformation, and social upheaval. Johannes Kepler, who discovered the three basic laws of planetary motion, was persecuted for his support of the Copernican system. After a neighbour accused his mother of witchcraft, Kepler quit his post as the Imperial mathematician to defend her.

James Connor tells Kepler's story as a pilgrimage, a spiritual journey into the modern world through war and disease and terrible injustice, a journey reflected in the evolution of Kepler's geometrical model of the cosmos into a musical model, harmony into greater harmony. The leitmotif of the witch trial adds a third dimension to Kepler's biography by setting his personal life within his own times. The acts of this trial, including Kepler's letters and the accounts of the witnesses, although published in their original German dialects, had never before been translated into English. Echoing some of Dava Sobel's work for Galileo's Daughter, Connor has translated the witch trial documents into English. With a great respect for the history of these times and the life of this man, Connor's accessible story illuminates the life of Kepler, the man of science, but also Kepler, a man of uncommon faith and vision.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780060750497
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
05/10/2005
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
416
Sales rank:
394,440
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.04(d)

Table of Contents

Foreword
With thanks
Introduction : so why Kepler?1
Letter from Kepler to the Senate of Leonberg, January 1, 16167
IWith unspeakable sadness13
Testimony of Donatus Gultlinger, citizen of Leonberg, given to Luther Einhorn, magistrate of Leonberg, 162019
Testimony of Benedict Beutelsbacher, German schoolmaster of Leonberg, 162020
IIAppeired a terrible comet23
Kepler's horoscope for himself, November 159731
IIIBorn with a destiny35
From Kepler's Astronomia Nova, 160947
IVTaken by a forceful passion49
Letter from Kepler to the theology faculty at Tubingen, February 28, 159469
VIn many respects so honorable71
Letter from Kepler to Michael Mastlin, February 10, 159785
VIMarried under pernicious skies87
Letter from Kepler to Michael Mastlin, June 11, 1598101
Letter from Kepler to Herwart von Hohenberg, December 9, 1598102
VIIAn Archimedean calculation of motion107
From Kepler's eulogy on the death of Tycho Brahe, October 24, 1601141
VIIIWhen in heaven the flock of secret movers145
Letters from Kepler to Johann Georg Brengger, October 4, 1607; November 30, 1607167
IXLiving creatures on the stars169
Letter from Kepler to Tobias Scultetus, April 13, 1612189
XWho with tender fragrance193
Letter from Kepler to an unknown nobleman October 23, 1613227
From Kepler's journal, 1614229
XITo quiet the gossip231
Letter from Luther Einhorn, magistrate of Leonberg, to the Duke of Wurttemberg, October 22, 1616255
XIIIf one practices the fiend's trade259
Letter from Kepler to Herzog Johann Friedrich von Worttemberg, November 1620271
XIIIWith present maladies of body and soul275
From Kepler's Harmonice Mundi, book V, 1619307
XIVTo examine the secrets of nature311
Letter from Kepler to Johann Matthias Bernegger, February 15, 1621
From Kepler's journal, 1623339
XVMy duty under danger341
Notes365
Kepler time line377
Source readings381
Index385

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Kepler's Witch: An Astronomer's Discovery of Cosmic Order Amid Religious War, Political Intrigue, and the Heresy Trial of His Mother 2.7 out of 5 based on 1 ratings. 3 reviews.
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