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Johannes Kepler (1571 - 1631) was an important figure in the seventeenth century astronomical revolution. He is best known for his eponymous laws of planetary motion. Kepler wrote: "If there is anything that can bind the heavenly mind of man to this dusty exile of our earthly home...then it is verily the enjoyment of the mathematical sciences and astronomy." Jacques Bromberg is a Ph.D. candidate in the Classics at the University of Pennsylvania. Guillermo Bleichmar earned his Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from Havard University in 2007.

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"In 1611, Kepler wrote an essay wondering why snowflakes always had perfect, sixfold symmetry. It's a simple enough question, but one that no one had ever asked before and one that couldn't actually be answered for another three centuries. Still, in trying to work out an answer, Kepler raised some fascinating questions about physics, math, and biology, and now you can watch in wonder as a great scientific genius unleashes the full force of his intellect on a seemingly trivial question, complete with new illustrations and essays to put it all in perspective."io9, from their list "10 Amazing Science Books That Reveal The Wonders Of The Universe""A most suitable book for any and all during the winter and holiday seasons is a reissue of a holiday present by the great mathematician and astronomer Johannes KeplerEven the endnotes in this wonderful little book are interesting and educationally fun to read."Jay Pasachoff, "The Key Reporter""


"In 1611, Kepler wrote an essay wondering why snowflakes always had perfect, sixfold symmetry. It's a simple enough question, but one that no one had ever asked before and one that couldn't actually be answered for another three centuries. Still, in trying to work out an answer, Kepler raised some fascinating questions about physics, math, and biology, and now you can watch in wonder as a great scientific genius unleashes the full force of his intellect on a seemingly trivial question, complete with new illustrations and essays to put it all in perspective."--io9, from their list "10 Amazing Science Books That Reveal The Wonders Of The Universe"

"A most suitable book for any and all during the winter and holiday seasons is a reissue of a holiday present by the great mathematician and astronomer Johannes Kepler...Even the endnotes in this wonderful little book are interesting and educationally fun to read."--Jay Pasachoff, The Key Reporter

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