Selections from Kepler's Astronomia Nova, by Donahue, William H.
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- ISBN: 9781888009286 | 1888009284
- Cover: Paperback
- Copyright: 1/31/2004
Johannes Kepler wrote Astronomia Nova (1609) in a single-minded drive to sweep away the ancient and medieval clutter of spheres and orbs and to establish a new truth in astronomy, based on physical causality. Thus a good part of the book is given over to a nontechnical discussion of how planets can be made to move through space by physical forces. This is the theme of the readings in the present module.