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Kepler's Genius: Letting Nature Have The Last Word

13 Feb 2013, 18:38 UTC
Kepler's Genius: Letting Nature Have The Last Word
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Of the patriarchs of science, Kepler is the least known. This injustice should be rectified, for Kepler not only taught us about how the planets move in the sky but also how important it is to dream; and how equally important it is to make sure the data backs your dreams up.

Kepler's Genius: Letting Nature Have The Last Word




by Marcelo Gleiser



February 13, 2013 1:38 PM

Of all the patriarchs of science, Johannes Kepler is the least known. We often talk of Isaac Newton and his law of universal gravity (and laws of motion, and the calculus, and laws of optics), of Galileo's impetuosity and his telescopic discoveries (and law of free fall and pendular motion), and of Copernicus, the man who put the sun in the center of the cosmos. But Kepler? Sounds familiar; but what was it again?

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Circa 1612, German astronomer Johannes Kepler (1571 - 1630)


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