Listen to BBC Radio 4 ‘in our time’ broadcaster Melvyn Bragg discuss the German astronomer Johannes Kepler with David Wootton (Professor of History at the University of York), Ulinka Rublack (Professor of Early Modern European History at the University of Cambridge and Fellow of St John’s College) and Adam Mosley (Associate Professor in the Department […]
Visit Kepler’s private lab (in the heavens) where she describes that it was her 3 laws of planetary motion which inspired Sir Isacc Newton’s Law of Gravitation and not the falling of an apple. And more…
Hear a middle school student, Thomas Covington, interview a Johannes Kepler about his early years and his schooling in Weil der Stadt. New Kepler also discusses the current astronomical beliefs of 1590 and 1605 for the Year of Astronomy website.
Johannes Kepler was a German mathematician, astronomer and astrologer, and key figure in the 17th century scientific revolution. He is best known for his eponymous laws of planetary motion and his works Astronomia nova, Harmonices Mundi, and the Somnium..
In 1601 Johannes Kepler became the imperial mathematician to Rudolf II (emperor of the Holy Roman Empire), succeeding Tycho Brahe. Kepler supported the heliocentric theory by Nicolas Copernicus, defending it in his first major work, Mysterium Cosmographicum (1596).
Johannes Kepler was born in Weil der Stadt in southwest Germany. His paternal grandfather, Sebald Kepler, was a respected craftsman who served as mayor of the city; his grandfather was an innkeeper and mayor of the nearby village.