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Johannes Kepler (1571–1630) was a German mathematician, astronomer, and astrologer. A key figure in the 17th century scientific revolution, he is best known for his laws of planetary motion, based on his works Astronomia nova, Harmonices Mundi, and Epitome of Copernican Astronomy. These works also provided one of the foundations for Isaac Newton's theory of universal gravitation. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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Kepler vs. Aristotle 31 Aug. 2008
By Mike Vander Nat - Published on
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This book is a thorough going treatment of the subject of Harmony. It contradicts Aristotle, who held science back for centuries because of his witting fraud upon the discoveries of Pythagoras, Thales, et al. Aristotle misrepresented the ideas concerning Music, Harmonics, Geometry as well as Astronomy, which Plato described in the Epinomis to be the fount of all knowledge. In this volume, Kepler proves that the pre-Aristotelean hypothesis of a helio-centric universe is correct, and provides the needed data to demonstrate that the planets arrange their orbits around the sun in the manner of a musical scale. Here one can understand the deeper meaning of Harmony, beyond what we hear in music. Kepler seeks out causes, in the musical domain, as well as in the astrophysical domain. Up to the time of this book, no one had solved the puzzle. This book is a work of genius.
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terribly ugly 6 Jun. 2011
By Simon Mitternacht - Published on
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I'm sure this will be an interesting read, but the packaging is really terrible. It has been OCR'd from an older edition and typeset in some inappropriate sans serif font, with tables and figures in low-resolution scanned versions. I might just throw this one away and get a prettier version because this is just too annoying.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Needs some set up work done 5 Aug. 2011
By German Fafian Parente - Published on
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The book in itself is agreat historical reference but the kindle version has 2 major drawbacks.
1-. All graphics are of a really low quality and some are even ineligible as the "tint" is much lighter than the one used for the font.
2-. all text in italics are not properly formatted. The words are all jointed together and without spacing making them all hard to read.

I can not recommend this book until these issues are solved.
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Kepler's revolution in astronomy 30 Dec. 2009
By Roger Ham - Published on
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Today's scientists of all disciplines would do well to study Kepler's original work. This is not only a seminal work in the history of astronomy, but a case study in the creative process of discovery. By rejecting empiricism and sense certainty, Kepler used his mental instruments, geometry and music, to investigate the harmony which orders all fundamental physical processes. The same mental processes which make humans unique must be coherent with the principles of creation and development of the universe as a whole.
"One giant leap for Mankind". 30 Aug. 2014
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The wonderful insights of a ground breaking scientist. It is an inspiring experience to be able to have contact with the creative mind of this remarkable intelligence. In many ways he is still far ahead of many present day astronomers who tend to be in lock step, as the community was in Kepler's time. He enabled the human race to start the march of "one small step for Man, one giant leap for Mankind".
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