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The Epitome of Copernican Astronomy and Harmonies of the World (Great Minds Series) [Paperback]

Johannes Kepler , Charles Glenn Wallis

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19 Nov 1995 Great Minds Series
The brilliant German mathematician Johannes Kepler (1571-1630), one of the founders of modern astronomy, revolutionized the Copernican heliocentric theory of the universe with his three laws of motion: that the planets move not in circular but elliptical orbits, that their speed is greatest when nearest the sun, and that the sun and planets form an integrated system. This volume contains two of his most important works: The Epitome of Copernican Astronomy (books 4 and 5 of which are translated here) is a textbook of Copernican science, remarkable for the prominence given to physical astronomy and for the extension to the Jovian system of the laws recently discovered to regulate the motions of the Planets. Harmonies of the World (book 5 of which is translated here) expounds an elaborate system of celestial harmonies depending on the varying velocities of the planets.

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  • Paperback: 254 pages
  • Publisher: Prometheus Books; Reprint edition (19 Nov 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1573920363
  • ISBN-13: 978-1573920360
  • Product Dimensions: 21.6 x 13.9 x 2.1 cm
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 308,161 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A small sample.. 20 Aug 2001
By Ronald Drimmel - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
This is a republication of an old translation.
If you haven't read Kepler's own words, then this book will be both more and less than you expected. It is both a mathematical and philosophically speculative text, which in some sections can get quite technical.(Warning: the title is a bit deceiving. Only part of the Epitome is included.)
I would only give 3 stars to this book, except that english translations of Kepler's works are very few, and this book is the most financially accessible of those currently on the market. I therefore recommend it as a good first exposure.
There's no substitute to reading the original words of great thinkers, especially in gaining insight into their way of approaching the world.
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A small sample.. 20 Aug 2001
By Ronald Drimmel - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
This is a republication of an old translation.
If you haven't read Kepler's own words, then this book will be both more and less than you expected. It is both a mathematical and phylsophically speculative text, which in some sections can get quite technical.(Warning: the title is a bit deceiving. Only part of the Epitome is included.)
I would only give 3 stars to this book, except that english translations of Kepler's works are very few, and this book is the most financially accessible of those currently on the market. I therefore recommend it as a good first exposure.
There's no substitute to reading the original words of great thinkers, especially in gaining insight into their way of approaching the world.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Kepler's Tribute to Copernicus 31 Aug 2008
By Mike Vander Nat - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
In this volume, Kepler combines much of his work into what he believes to be a more accessible understanding of the planetary orbits. I would recommend this book for the serious student of Astronomy, because although it is less demanding than 'Astronomia Nova', it is quite in depth and certain adjustments are made to the Copernican cosmology which the reader must have some familiarity with. A final notice: this edition of the 'Epitome..' is only sections 4 & 5. The prior sections have never been brought into English.
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book 21 July 2009
By Jason Terry - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
If you're interested in the universe and music and math and all that that pertains too, purchase this book.
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