The Harmony of the World, Volume 209
American Philosophical Society, 1997 - Biography & Autobiography - 549 pages
Johanne Kepler's "Harmonice mundi" was planned in 1599 as a sequel to the "Mysterium cosmographicum." In 1618 Kepler discovered the third law of planetary motion relating to the periodic times of the planets to their mean distances from the sun - a crowning achievement that enabled him to bring the "Harmonice mundi" to completeion. The authors have presented and interpreted Kepler's Latin text to readers of English, by putting it into "the kind of clear but earnest language which we suppose Kepler would have used if he had been writing today."
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I really appreciate the work of the authors, making this text accessible at no cost to modern English readers. It is slow reading for me, but really rewarding. One can understand Kepler's frame of mind and how he saw the world, and how this understanding provides the framework for his mathematical arguments.
I'm not a mathematician, but I do question whether all the illustrations are genuine or complete or correctly placed. I came across one or two sections where I had the feeling the diagrams weren't fully explained or supported by the text.