Kepler’s divine geometry.

Egil, the host for this month’s edition of The Giants’ Shoulders, wants esoteric episodes from the history of science for his Giants’ Shoulders, nobody in the history of science is more esoteric than Johannes Kepler.  Almost single handedly, Kepler dismantled the whole clockwork apparatus of the encrusted Ptolemaic and Copernican astronomies at the same time, as the first to do so, combining the physical natural philosophy with the mathematical astronomy against the dictates of scholastic academia to create the modern physical astronomy. However the heuristic that he used to achieve this masterwork was anything but modern and even less ‘scientific’. Here I shall just outline his first steps along his path of discovery.

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Aging freak who fell in love with the history of science and now resides mostly in the 16th century.
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