Johannes Kepler

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Johannes Kepler

Johannes Kepler

The diversity of the phenomena of nature is so great, and the treasures hidden in the heavens so rich, precisely in order that the human mind shall never be lacking in fresh nourishment.More Johannes Kepler [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
I much prefer the sharpest criticism of a single intelligent man to the thoughtless approval of the masses.More Johannes Kepler [08/04/2011 08:08:53]
It may be well to wait a century for a reader, as God has waited
six thousand years for an observer.More Johannes Kepler [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
Nature uses as little as possible of anything.More Johannes Kepler [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
The diversity of the phenomena of nature is so great, and the treasures hidden in the heavens so rich, precisely in order that the human mind shall never be lacking in fresh nourishment.More Johannes Kepler [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
I much prefer the sharpest criticism of a single intelligent man to the thoughtless approval of the masses.More Johannes Kepler [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
The diversity of the phenomena of nature is so great, and the treasures hidden in the heavens so rich, precisely in order that the human mind shall never be lacking in fresh nourishment.More Johannes Kepler [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
Why are things as they are and not otherwise?More Johannes Kepler [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
Once miracles are admitted, every scientific explanation is out of the question.More Johannes Kepler [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
Ships and sails proper for the heavenly air should be fashioned. Then there will also be people, who do not shrink from the dreary vastness of space.More Johannes Kepler [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
As soon as somebody demonstrates the art of flying, settlers from our species of man will not be lacking [on the Moon and Jupiter]. . . . Who would have believed that a huge ocean could be crossed more peacefully and safely than the the narrow expanse of the Adriatic, the Baltic Sea or the English Channel? Provide ship or sails adapted to the heavenly breezes, and there will be some who will not fear even that void [of space]. . . . So, for those who will come shortly to attempt this journey, let us establish the astroMore Johannes Kepler [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
Yet in this my stars were not Mercury as morning star in the angle of the seventh house, in quartile with Mars, but they were Copernicus, they were Tycho Brahe, without whose books of observations everything which has now been brought by me into the brightest daylight would lie buried in darkness.More Johannes Kepler [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
So, Fabricius, I already have this: that the most true path of the planet [Mars] is an ellipse, which Dürer also calls an oval, or certainly so close to an ellipse that the difference is insensible.More Johannes Kepler [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
So long as the mother, Ignorance, lives, it is not safe for Science the offspring, to divulge the hidden causes of things.More Johannes Kepler [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
If my false figures came near to the facts, this happened merely by chance ... These comments are not worth printing. Yet it gives me pleasure to remember how many detours I had to make, along how many walls I had to grope in the darkness of my ignorance until I found the door which lets in the light of the truth ... In such manner did I dream of the truth.More Johannes Kepler [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
After the birth of printing books became widespread. Hence everyone throughout Europe devoted himself to the study of literature... Every year, especially since 1563, the number of writings published in every field is greater than all those produced in the past thousand years. Through them there has today been created a new theology and a new jurisprudence; the Paracelsians have created medicine anew and the Copernicans have created astronomy anew. I really believe that at last the world is alive, indeed seething, and More Johannes Kepler [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
If there is anything that can bind the heavenly mind of man to this dreary exile of our earthly home and can reconcile us with our fate so that one can enjoy living,-then it is verily the enjoyment of the mathematical sciences and astronomy.More Johannes Kepler [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
Geometry is one and eternal shining in the mind of God. That share in it accorded to men is one of the reasons that Man is the image of God.More Johannes Kepler [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
Geometry, which before the origin of things was coeternal with the divine mind and is God himself (for what could there be in God which would not be God himself?), supplied God with patterns for the creation of the world, and passed over to Man along with the image of God; and was not in fact taken in through the eyes.More Johannes Kepler [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
I am stealing the golden vessels of the Egyptians to build a tabernacle to my God from them, far far away from the boundaries of Egypt. If you forgive me, I shall rejoice; if you are enraged with me, I shall bear it. See, I cast the die, and I write the book. Whether it is to be read by the people of the present or of the future makes no difference: let it await its reader for a hundred years, if God himself has stood ready for six thousand years for one to study him.More Johannes Kepler [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
If this [the Mysterium cosmographicum] is published, others will perhaps make discoveries I might have reserved for myself. But we are all ephemeral creatures (and none more so than I). I have, therefore, for the Glory of God, who wants to be recognized from the book of Nature, that these things may be published as quickly as possible. The more others build on my work the happier I shall be.More Johannes Kepler [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
It is a right, yes a duty, to search in cautious manner for the numbers, sizes, and weights, the norms for everything [God] has created. For He himself has let man take part in the knowledge of these things ... For these secrets are not of the kind whose research should be forbidden; rather they are set before our eyes like a mirror so that by examining them we observe to some extent the goodness and wisdom of the Creator.More Johannes Kepler [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
O telescope, instrument of knowledge, more precious than any sceptre.More Johannes Kepler [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
We do not ask what hope of gain makes a little bird warble, since we know that it takes delight in singing because it is for that very singing that the bird was made, so there is no need to ask why the human mind undertakes such toil in seeking out these secrets of the heavens. ... And just as other animals, and the human body, are sustained by food and drink, so the very spirit of Man, which is something distinct from Man, is nourished, is increased, and in a sense grows up on this diet of knowledge, and is more like More Johannes Kepler [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
I used to measure the Heavens, now I measure the shadows of Earth. The mind belonged to Heaven, the body's shadow lies here.More Johannes Kepler [03/29/2018 05:03:36]

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