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Talk:Johannes Kepler


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  • I demonstrate by means of philosophy that the earth is round, and is inhabited on all sides; that it is insignificantly small, and is borne through the stars.
  • Planets move in ellipses with the Sun at one focus.
  • So long as the mother, Ignorance, lives, it is not safe for Science, the offspring, to divulge the hidden cause of things
  • Truth is the daughter of time, and I feel no shame in being her midwife.


The "shining in the mind of God" quote is by Kepler, but it does not seem to occur in Harmonices Mundi (1618). Rather, I find it is from Dissertatio cum Nuncio Sidereo (1610), edited in KGW [collected works] vol. 4, p. 308, lines 9f, as cited here, verified in the facsimile here, the actual quote reading

Geometria una et aeterna est in mente Dei refulgens: cuius consortium hominibus tributum inter causas est, cur homo sit imago Dei.

--Dbachmann (talk) 09:56, 10 August 2013 (UTC)

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