Did you Know?
Born in Germany in 1571, Johannes Kepler one of the most intelligent
figures in the period of human growth known as the Renaissance. Kepler
came to learn a lot about the nature of the universe from his teacher.
Tycho Brahe was a prominent figure in astronomy circles. After Brahe
passed away, Kepler spent much of his time continuing the work of his
teacher in addition to his own. The result was a set of three beautifully
formed laws that mathematically related orbits to existing knowledge. His
most famous law: "...orbits are elliptical..." was particularly
outstanding, as it shattered the age old Greek (Aristotle) conception that
motion in the heavens (space) was perfectly circular. Kepler had shown
through mathematics that in fact orbits were not perfect circles. Rather
they were elliptical, and egg-like. Kepler died in 1630.
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