Kepler and the Universe: How One Man Revolutionized Astronomy
Although Copernicus was the first to propose that planets circle the Sun, it was Kepler who provided concrete evidence that celestial bodies orbit in ellipses; Kepler who first conceived that gravitation binds celestial bodies together in their dance; Kepler who founded the field of optics; and Kepler who succeeded despite crippling hardships. In this eye-opening volume, David Love expounds Kepler’s profound contributions to astronomy and his unquenchable desire to understand the universe.
This book is nigh-flawless in every respect; the plot is cunningly woven to depict Kepler’s epic struggle to excel despite the monumental challenges and help the reader comprehend the vast difficulties of scientific advancement at the time. Crucially, the text also places Kepler’s colossal achievements in context with previous, contemporary, and those proceeding the Enlightenment, allowing readers to keenly see that Kepler was a visionary who backed his genius with zealous labor and advanced the field of astronomy more than had anyone else in the past thousand years. The narrative unfortunately critiques Kepler quite harshly for his mysticism, rather than taking a more charitable stance and viewing Kepler’s often eccentric thought as an attempt to conform to the zeitgeist, but still I heartily recommend this work from both a pleasure and an academic standpoint.
|Author||David K. Love|
|Page Count||255 pages|
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|Category||Biographies & Memoirs|