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Kepler Kindle Edition
|Length: 209 pages|
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The idea of whether these early stargazers believed their work documented truth or merely supported what they observed is taken a step further with Kepler and his work. When Kepler and his peers were working, mathematical proof was becoming the essence of what they would eventually publish. Work that appeared to explain what was seen was no longer enough, proving it to oneself and one's peers was the new test. One of the great enigmas that Kepler sought to solve was the orbit of Mercury. His findings were to change the Copernican view of the Universe, while Galileo was extending the very reach of it.
The science, and the math employed are raised a couple of steps from the previous novel, and are part of why I liked this work less. Understanding complex ideas should not be brought down to such simplistic levels so that no effort to understand is required, and whatever is learned is of little use as it relates to the true and complete idea. I always enjoy a writer that can explain complex theory in a manner that allows an inquisitive mind to be challenged, and the science enjoyed. In "Kepler", this did not happen the majority of the time. So the reader must just take on faith what is said, or study some pretty advanced geometry.Read more ›
+ It is a beautifully crafted book, inspiring and down to earth, just like the subject of the novel. Banville manages to weave an intriguing and engaging text about the man and his times.
+ The narrative structure of the novel is not linear but somehow reminiscent of Kepler's study and perception of the universe.
+ The book is 'alive' in terms of the rhythm: the slow-paced narrative of lived experience in the earlier parts of the novel contrasts with the speedy final pages where a sense of revelation (Kepler's) coincides with a sense of a closure-that-is-not-a-closure ('Never die, never die.')
+ Like Kepler, the reader often 'recognises' the ghost in the machine: 'That was the demon. He recognised it. He had known it before, the selfsame feeling [...] in order to destroy the past, the human and hopelessly defective past, and begin all over again the attempt of teetering on the brink while the gleeful voice at his ear whispered jump.'
This book novelizes Kepler's life, at least his adult years. The author is interested in showing how great achievements came by, made by great genious, who lead lives that are more often than not dire and disaggreeable. It reminded me of "Measuring the World", only I find this novel better, more fulfiling.
Kepler was a genious (like Copernicus and Galileus) who had to build a new branch of science, to develop the mathematical tools for that pursuit, and on the same journey to pull down his own assumptions, theories and prejudice.
He had to build on observations that were not his, buth Brahe's, and at the same time struggled to make a living, because he was not very fortunate: he didn't manage to be an appreciated teacher, he was protestant in catholic lands, his wife's social position was better than his, he couldn't secure a powerful protector.. As other readers point out, it is difficult to know where the novel starts and where the true history begins, but the author has done a very clever and outstanding job of it.
One can only marvel how this man, who had everything against him (family position, religious prejudice, wars, illness, lack of understanding from his family...) could climb such an intelectual peak that would tumble astronomy, physics, religion and reshape the our vision of nature and life. The book accompanies him through this voyage, from one poor house to a palace, from school to observatory, from family life to imperial court.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Too dry and miserable for me. Everyone was just unhappy and unlikeable, and it definitely doesn't pass the Bechdel test...Published 12 months ago by Cat C.
It's a dramatized version of Kepler's life, which I didn't realized before I bought it. Having said that, it's a fairly good read and you do get a sense of the man and the time.Published 17 months ago by Ildinyó