The Harmony of the World (Memoirs of the American Philosophical Society, Vol 209)

The Harmony of the World (Memoirs of the American Philosophical Society, Vol 209)

by Johannes Kepler, A. M. Duncan, E. J. Aiton
     
 

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Johanne Kepler's "Harmonice mundi" was planned in 1599 as a sequel to the "Mysterium cosmographicum." In 1618 Kepler discovered the third law of planetary motion relating to the periodic times of the planets to their mean distances from the sun - a crowning achievement that enabled him to bring the "Harmonice mundi" to completeion. The authors have presented and

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Johanne Kepler's "Harmonice mundi" was planned in 1599 as a sequel to the "Mysterium cosmographicum." In 1618 Kepler discovered the third law of planetary motion relating to the periodic times of the planets to their mean distances from the sun - a crowning achievement that enabled him to bring the "Harmonice mundi" to completeion. The authors have presented and interpreted Kepler's Latin text to readers of English, by putting it into "the kind of clear but earnest language which we suppose Kepler would have used if he had been writing today."

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Perhaps the first English translation of Kepler's 1619 explanation of musical relations and their application to the motion of the planets. It had little influence because Kepler favored a realist Platonic view of geometry that differed from the algebra and symbolism that had become popular over the previous century, and the discovery of inertia and Newton's work soon contradicted the Aristotelian theory of motion Kepler based his work on. His ideas however bear some resemblance to the concept of dynamic resonance used by astronomers today. The translation is clear and precise, well supported by notes, and accompanied by the original illustrations. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780871692092
Publisher:
American Philosophical Society
Publication date:
12/28/1997
Series:
Memoirs Ser.
Pages:
592
Product dimensions:
7.30(w) x 10.10(h) x 1.60(d)

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