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Johannes Kepler

The Order of Things


Part of the Springer Biographies book series (SPRINGERBIOGS)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-ix
  2. Wolfgang Osterhage
    Pages 1-2
  3. Wolfgang Osterhage
    Pages 3-14
  4. Wolfgang Osterhage
    Pages 15-21
  5. Wolfgang Osterhage
    Pages 23-30
  6. Wolfgang Osterhage
    Pages 31-49
  7. Wolfgang Osterhage
    Pages 51-62
  8. Wolfgang Osterhage
    Pages 63-79
  9. Wolfgang Osterhage
    Pages 81-88
  10. Wolfgang Osterhage
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  11. Wolfgang Osterhage
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  12. Wolfgang Osterhage
    Pages 109-114
  13. Back Matter
    Pages 115-132

About this book


This book traces the development of Kepler’s ideas along with his unsteady wanderings in a world dominated by religious turmoil. Johannes Kepler, like Galileo, was a supporter of the Copernican heliocentric world model. From an early stage, his principal objective was to discover “the world behind the world”, i.e. to identify the underlying order and the secrets that make the world function as it does: the hidden world harmony. Kepler was driven both by his religious belief and Greek mysticism, which he found in ancient mathematics.

His urge to find a construct encompassing the harmony of every possible aspect of the world – including astronomy, geometry and music – is seen as a manifestation of a deep human desire to bring order to the apparent chaos surrounding our existence. This desire continues to this day as we search for a theory that will finally unify and harmonise the forces of nature.


Johannes Kepler Biography Kepler's Laws World Harmony Tycho Brahe Tabulae Rudolphinae Heliocentric model Hidden world harmony Kepler's religious beliefs

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.WachtbergGermany

About the authors

Wolfgang Osterhage, born in 1948, holds Ph.D.s in Physics and Information Science. He is a consultant to international organisations and corporations, and a lecturer and visiting professor at various institutions in Germany. After many years of professional activity in other countries, he now lives and works as an independent author in the Rhineland.


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