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Harmonies Of The World

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Book Five of Johannes Kepler's great masterpiece on planetary motion is presented with an introduction by the ultimate authority on this topic, noted physicist and bestselling author Stephen Hawking. Modifying Copernicus's sun-centered model of the universe, Kepler's 1619 work went on to establish laws of planetary motion, forming the basis for Newton's discoveries some 60 ...more
Paperback, 112 pages
Published January 3rd 2005 by Running Press (first published April 1st 1997)
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Alex Kartelias
Mar 15, 2015 Alex Kartelias rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I claim no comprehension of his mathematics, but everything else was very inspiring. Regardless of his mathematical errors- so I'm told- the idea that the distances between the planets could correspond to the intervals between notes on an instrument is so beautiful. Even with Kepler's application with the Platonic solids are really interesting. It is the opinion of many that a religiously-minded and 'rationally'- minded person are at complete opposite ends of each other, but to claim that reveal ...more
Fred Kohn
Jan 12, 2015 Fred Kohn rated it liked it
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[A] very excellent order of sounds or pitches in a musical system or scale has been set up by men, since you see that they are doing nothing else in this business except to play the apes of God the Creator and to act out, as it were, a certain drama of the ordination of the celestial movements.

Really a four star book, but I had to subtract a star for an inexcusable lack of explanatory notes. The few that were provided were helpful, but, really, with the spate of obscure terms and confusing conce
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Elena
Nov 04, 2008 Elena rated it it was amazing
Shelves: philosophy, best-ever
Of course I could not get into all the astronomy explanations, that's why I read the book so fast, by skipping over, but I still think it's amazing how astronomy, mathematics, music, philosophy, religion and mythology harmonize, tie in, and make perfect sense in the same treatise.
Kathryn
Aug 31, 2013 Kathryn rated it really liked it
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I started reading this for how intelligent it made me feel...I'm continuing onward for the beautiful impenetrable prose...let's hope I make it through. Seems unlikely. Even if I make it through, all the lovely math, the proofs and theorems will be lost on me. I don't "do" math, much as I wish I did or could.

But even though the specifics of this book are truly lost on me, I am just so dazzled by the mind that moves so abley from solids to ratios to musical intervals, and from concepts of sexuali
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Ashly
Jan 04, 2008 Ashly rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: those who want an intense study of geometry and science.
Kepler is a bad ass genius and the best thing about reading his writings is that he'll take you through his process of discovery and show you just what he was thinking. Did I finish this book? No. But I worked through alot of it. If you want to read something easier to swallow from Kepler try starting with his short paper on the snowflake.
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Johannes Kepler (German pronunciation: [ˈkɛplɐ]) 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, codified by later astronomers, based on his works Astronomia nova, Harmonices Mundi, and Epitome of Copernican Astronomy. These works also provided one of the foundations for Is ...more
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