Kepler and the Universe: How One Man Revolutionized Astronomy

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How One Man Revolutionized Astronomy

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Kepler by David LoveKepler and the Universe: How One Man Revolutionized Astronomy  byDavid Love

Part biography and part overview of the history of astronomy, this book could aptly be subtitled The trials and tribulations of Johannes Kepler. Life in early 17th century Europe was not easy. Kepler’s was especially difficult. He was a sickly child but intelligent and hard-working, none of which enhanced his popularity with his young peers. He was recognized by his teachers, though, and was given opportunities, but his religion limited his advancement. He was a professed Lutheran, which precluded him from being easily accepted in places that were ostensibly Catholic, but even Lutherans were uncomfortable with him because of his sympathies with Calvinist opinions on the Eucharist. This may seem like inconsequential religious trivia to us now, but these things were considered critically important then. Professing unsanctioned beliefs could prevent you from getting a job, could cause…

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