Kepler’s Physical Astronomy

  • Bruce Stephenson

Part of the Studies in the History of Mathematics and Physical Sciences book series (HISTORY, volume 13)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-vii
  2. Bruce Stephenson
    Pages 1-7
  3. Bruce Stephenson
    Pages 8-20
  4. Bruce Stephenson
    Pages 21-137
  5. Bruce Stephenson
    Pages 138-201
  6. Bruce Stephenson
    Pages 202-205
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 206-217

About this book


Kepler's Physical Astronomy is an account of Kepler's reformulation of astronomy as a physical science, and of his successful use of (incorrect) physics as a guide in his astronomical discoveries. It presents the only reliable account of the internal logic of Kepler's so-called first and second laws, showing how and to what extent Kepler thought he had derived them from his physical principles. It explains for the first time Kepler's attempt to use an obscure discovery of Tycho Brahe to unify and confirm all of his own physical theories. It also describes the intricate (and neglected) theory which Kepler developed to account for the additional anomalies needed for the theory of the moon.


astronomy logic moon

Authors and affiliations

  • Bruce Stephenson
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Astronomy and AstrophysicsUniversity of ChicagoChicagoUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag New York 1987
  • Publisher Name Springer, New York, NY
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-1-4613-8739-8
  • Online ISBN 978-1-4613-8737-4
  • Series Print ISSN 0172-570X
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