Keywords

Johannes Kepler, Platonic solids, planet orbits

Abstract

Adapted from the article “Order and Harmony: Kepler’s Guiding Forces” included in “Towards Mysteries of the Cosmos with Johannes Kepler – on the 450th Anniversary of His Birth,” a commemorative volume published by the Obserwatorium Atronommiczne Krolowej Jadwigi Rzepienniku Biskupim (Queen Jadwiga Observatory of Rzepiennik Biskupi Poland) December 2021. Adapted with permission.

As the subject librarian for physics and astronomy at Brigham Young University, the author has had the privilege of handling some of Johannes Kepler’s original books preserved in the university’s archives. One of the most impressive materials in the archive is a large page from Mysterium Cosmographicum that unfolds to reveal a print of the Platonic solids, as shown in Figures 1 and 2.

Document Type

Peer-Reviewed Article

Publication Date

2021-12

Publisher

Obserwatorium Atronommiczne Krolowej Jadwigi Rzepienniku Biskupim

Language

English

College

Harold B. Lee Library

University Standing at Time of Publication

Assistant Professor

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