The Discovery of Kepler's Laws: The Interaction of Science, Philosophy, and Religion

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INTRODUCTION
1. Recently some scholars have cast doubts on this claim. See Bruce Stephenson, Kepler's Physical Astronomy ( New York: Springer- Verlag, 1987), p. 3. See also W. H. Donahue, "Kepler's Fabricated Figures: Covering Up the Mess in the New Astronomy," Journal for the History of Astronomy 19 ( 1988), 217-237.
2. For instance, commenting on the De Motu of Newton, I, Bernard Cohen writes: " Kepler's laws are not strictly true in the world of physics but are true only for a mathematical construct...The distinction Newton draws between the realm of mathematics, in which Kepler's laws are truly laws, and the realm of physics, in which they are only 'hypotheses,' or approximations, is one of the revolutionary features of Newtonian celestial dynamics" ( "The Principia, Universal Gravitation, and the 'Newtonian Style,' in Relation to the Newtonian Revolution in Science", in Contemporary Newtonian Research, ed. Zev Bechler [ Dordrecht: Reidel, 1982 ], p. 46). See also Pat Langley, Herbert A. Simon , Gary L. Bradshaw, and Jan M. Zytkow, Scientific Discovery ( Cambridge, Mass.: MIT Press, 1987), p. 27.
3. See Arthur Koestler, The Watershed ( New York: Doubleday Anchor Books, 1960).
4. Robert Small and J. L. E. Dreyer, although they do not subscribe to such an extreme positivist view, are not too far from it. See

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Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents vii
  • Acknowledgments ix
  • Abbreviations xi
  • Introduction 1
  • Part 1 - Kepler's System of Thought 9
  • 1 - Kepler's Religious Ideas 11
  • 2 - Kepler's Philosophical Ideas 47
  • 3 - Kepler's Scientific Ideas 84
  • Part 2 - The Discovery of the Laws 111
  • 4 - The Acceptance of Copernicanism 113
  • 5 - The Development of a Truly Heliocentric View 143
  • 6 - The Vicarious Hypothesis and Its Failure 162
  • 7 - The Final Break with Geocentrism 173
  • 8 - The Discovery of the Second Law 181
  • 9 - The Discovery of the First Law 199
  • Conclusion 246
  • Notes 265
  • Glossary of Select Technical Terms 297
  • Bibliography 301
  • Index 311
  • About the Author 316
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