Johannes Kepler

Johannes
Kepler
1571
1630

German Mathematician, Astronomer and Astrologer, key figure in the 17th century "scientific revolution"

Author Quotes

When things are in order, if the cause of the orderliness cannot be deduced from the motion of the elements or from the composition of matter, it is quite possibly a cause possessing a mind.

The soul of the newly born baby is marked for life by the pattern of the stars at the moment it comes into the world, unconsciously remembers it, and remains sensitive to the return of configurations of a similar kind.

We do not ask for what useful purpose the birds do sing, for song is their pleasure since they were created for singing. Similarly, we ought not to ask why the human mind troubles to fathom the secrets of the heavens. The diversity of the phenomena of nature is so great and the treasures hidden in the heavens so rich precisely in order that the human mind shall never be lacking in fresh nourishment.

I used to measure the heavens, now I shall measure the shadows of the Earth. Although my soul was from heaven, the shadow of my body lies here. {Kepler's Epitaph]

The chief aim of all investigations of the external world should be to discover the rational order and harmony which has been imposed on it by God
and which He revealed to us in the language of mathematics.

Geometry is unique and eternal, a reflection from the mind of God. That mankind shares in it is because man is an image of God.

Planets move in ellipses with the Sun at one focus.

Nature uses as little as possible of anything.

I much prefer the sharpest criticism of a single intelligent man to the thoughtless approval of the masses.

I demonstrate by means of philosophy that the earth is round, and is inhabited on all sides; that it is insignificantly small, and is borne through the stars.

My greatest desire is that I may perceive the God whom I find everywhere in the external world, in like manner also within and inside myself.

Author Picture
First Name
Johannes
Last Name
Kepler
Birth Date
1571
Death Date
1630
Bio

German Mathematician, Astronomer and Astrologer, key figure in the 17th century "scientific revolution"