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How to Imagine the Harmony of the World in the Seventeenth Century: The Harmonice mundi by Johannes Kepler (2017)


In 1619, Johannes Kepler published one of his most famous works, the "Harmonice mundi." This opus consists of five volumes dealing with different interrelated topics and it is widely known that it contains the third law of planetary motion. The connection of the celestial harmonious patterns with the sublunar world are of Kepler’s interest during all of his scholarly life, and the "Harmonice mundi" is like a compendious overview over his professional work after he crossed the vertex of his career. Dealing with geometry, music, astrological aspects, and politics, Kepler shows his interest to find universal laws to explain God’s all-embracing plan. In the focus of this article, Kepler’s exchange with his coeval Robert Fludd is presented. Both scholars dedicated their works on harmony to the English King, James I. As the part of the work where the author could reveal his intention regarding the reception of his work, the dedication plays the second main role of this short study. Therein the scholar made great efforts to show that all of his scientific ideas could be understood as intertwining parts of one leading theory and could be useful especially in political contexts.

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Authors & Contributors
Fabbri, Natacha
Granada, Miguel A.
Methuen, Charlotte
McMullin, Ernan
Barker, Peter
Goddu, André
Journal for the History of Astronomy
Galilæana: Journal of Galilean Studies
Bruniana & Campanelliana: Ricerche Filosofiche e Materiali Storico-testuali
Nuncius: Annali di Storia della Scienza
Organon: International Review
Cambridge University Press
Franco Angeli
Science and religion
Kepler, Johannes
Galilei, Galileo
Copernicus, Nicolaus
Brahe, Tycho
Melanchthon, Philipp
Newton, Isaac
17th century
16th century
Early modern
15th century
21st century

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