Relevant Pioneer Quotes – Johannes Kepler

johannes-kepler“I had the intention of becoming a theologian…but now I see how God is, by my endeavors, also glorified in astronomy, for ‘the heavens declare the glory of God.’” 

– Johannes Kepler, as quoted in Clifford A. Pickover’s workArchimedes to Hawking: Laws of Science and the Great Minds Behind Them (2008)

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1.  Johannes Kepler (1571 – 1630) was one of the greatest mathematicians and astronomers to ever live

  • Kepler made important headway into the field of optics
  • His publication Stereometrica Doliorum formed the basis of integral calculus
  • He also made important advances in geometry

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2.  He founded celestial mechanics which established the laws of planetary motion around the sun
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3.  He also came close to reaching the Newtonian concept of universal gravity – long before Newton was born
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4.  His concepts of Force as it related to astronomical bodies forever changed the course of astronomy and set it on its present path

5.  The Bible is accurate in its electromagnetism