Astronomical Images : The order and proportion of celestial orbs according to the Ancients

Johannes Kepler

Astronomical Images

<p style='text-align: justify;'>Plates [<i>Tabellae</i>] 1, 2, 4 and 5 of Johannes Kepler's <i>Mysterium cosmographicum</i> were, as Gerd Grasshoff has shown, designed by Kepler's collaborator in production of the work, his former teacher at Tuebingen Michael Maestlin, who had insisted on the need for diagrams to convey the central arguments of the work. They represent the specificities of the Copernican planetary models as calculated by Maestlin on the basis of Reinhold's <i>Prutenic Tables</i>. Plate 2, seen here, shows the epicycles of the planets and their relative sizes.</p>


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