Watch how Kepler, “the wandering astronomer” overcomes illness, persecution and a range of personal tragedies in order to uncover the first universal laws built purely with mathematics to describe the motions of the planets – paving the way for Newton, Einstien and whoever comes next to uncover the deepest mysteries of the cosmos. The Mechanical […]
The Kepler Story is the first theatre piece ever created about the game-changing astronomical discoveries, the losses suffered, obstacles encountered, and the moving epiphanies of this almost-forgotten scientific genius of the modern world. Immersive theatre, which takes place in planetariums and other fulldome and 3D environments, creates an extraordinarily transformative effect on both the minds […]
Kepler is one of the most admired astronomers who ever lived. In 1615, when Kepler was at the height of his career, his mother Katharina was accused of witchcraft in a Lutheran town in Germany (in-part due to Kepler himself claiming her to be a witch in his book the Somnium). The proceedings led to […]
Find out what connects Kepler’s solids with hedgehogs, discover what some people think Kepler can bring to the world over 400 years after his death and find out about Kepler’s namesake, the name-pinching so-called Kepler Mission – that NASA’s mission to uncover other habitable planets in the Universe. That’s right, here are a collection of […]
“Johannes Kepler lived between the death of Nicholas Copernicus in 1543 and the birth of
Isaac Newton in 1642.” States John Wilson of Georgia State University in the opening of his biography of the genius mathematician and astronomer.
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.