Kepler's Witch An Astronomer's Discovery of Cosmic Order amid Religious War, Political Intrigue, and the Heresy Trial of His Mother

ISBN-10: 0060750499
ISBN-13: 9780060750497
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Authors: James A. Connor
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List price: $15.99
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 5/10/2005
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 416
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.75" long x 1.50" tall
Weight: 1.210
Language: English

Johannes Kepler (1571-1630) confirmed the Copernican universe, calculated the true shape of the solar system, discovered the three basic laws of planetary motion, and laid the foundation for Newton's physics. He was also a faithful son, good citizen, and devout Christian, with a strong desire to find harmony not only in the heavens above, but also in the lives of people here on earth. James A. Connor's unforgettable story vividly brings to life the tidal forces of the Reformation and Counter-Reformation, submerging us into these turbulent times while illuminating Kepler, the man of science, vision, and uncommon faith.

He lives in the Pocono Mountains of Pennsylvania with his wife, two border collies, and two stray cats. He is currently teaching English at Kean University in Union, New Jersey. For eighteen years, he was a Catholic priest and a member of the Jesuit Order, where he served as a teacher, worked in parishes, and ministered to Native peoples---notably the Shuswap, Nez Perce, Moses Lake, and Navajo. A winner of the Iowa Journal of Literary Studies Essay Award, he has published in Traditional Home Magazine, The Iowa Review, and has a collection of short stories entitled GOD'S BREATH AND OTHER STORIES.

Foreword
With Thanks
Introduction: So Why Kepler?
Letter from Kepler to the Senate of Leonberg, January 1, 1616
With Unspeakable Sadness
Testimony of Donatus Gultlinger, Citizen of Leonberg, Given to Luther Einhorn, Magistrate of Leonberg, 1620
Testimony of Benedict Beutelsbacher, German Schoolmaster of Leonberg, 1620
Appeired a Terrible Comet
Kepler's Horoscope for Himself, November 1597
Born with a Destiny
From Kepler's Astronomia Nova, 1609
Taken by a Forceful Passion
Letter from Kepler to the Theology Faculty at Tubingen, February 28, 1594
In Many Respects So Honorable
Letter from Kepler to Michael Mastlin, February 10, 1597
Married under Pernicious Skies
Letter from Kepler to Michael Mastlin, June 11, 1598
Letter from Kepler to Herwart von Hohenberg, December 9, 1598
An Archimedean Calculation of Motion
From Kepler's Eulogy on the Death of Tycho Brahe, October 24, 1601
When in Heaven the Flock of Secret Movers
Letters from Kepler to Johann Georg Brengger, October 4, 1607; November 30, 1607
Living Creatures on the Stars
Letter from Kepler to Tobias Scultetus, April 13, 1612
Who with Tender Fragrance
Letter from Kepler to an Unknown Nobleman October 23, 1613
From Kepler's Journal, 1614
To Quiet the Gossip
Letter from Luther Einhorn, Magistrate of Leonberg, to the Duke of Wurttemberg, October 22, 1616
If One Practices the Fiend's Trade
Letter from Kepler to Herzog Johann Friedrich von Wurttemberg, November 1620
With Present Maladies of Body and Soul
From Kepler's Harmonice Mundi, Book V, 1619
To Examine the Secrets of Nature
Letter from Kepler to Johann Matthias Bernegger, February 15, 1621
From Kepler's Journal, 1623
My Duty under Danger
Notes
Kepler Time Line
Source Readings
Index

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