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Kepler's somnium

the dream, or posthumous work on lunar astronomy

Published by Dover Publications in Mineola, N.Y .
Written in English.

About the Book

One of the most important books in the history of science, Kepler's long-overlooked Somnium made a significant contribution to the study of astronomy. Its unique twofold nature--combining a serious scientific treatise on lunar astronomy with a fictional narrative about a trip to the moon--puzzled seventeenth-century readers as well as succeeding generations, and the work lapsed into obscurity. This excellent English translation of the Somnium (originally written in Latin) offers plentiful notes to assist in following Kepler's thought, along with an introduction that traces the work's history and significance. This edition reconstructs the Somnium's checkered history in complete and fascinating detail, with scholarly commentary and extensive appendixes.

Table of Contents

Preface Preface ix
Abbreviations Abbreviations of Works Cited Frequently xii
Illustrations List of Illustrations xv
Introduction Introduction xvii
The Dream The Dream 3
Kepler's Notes Kepler's Notes on the Dream 30
Kepler's Appendix Kepler's Geographical Appendix to the Dream 149
Kepler's Notes Kepler's Notes on the Geographical Appendix 153
Appendix A Jacob Bartsch 177
Appendix B Ludwig Kepler 194
Appendix C Kepler's Lunar Dissertation of 1593 207
Appendix D Kepler's Translation of Plutarch's Moon 209
Appendix E Kepler and Donne 212
Appendix F Kepler's Legendary Account of Aristotle's Death 214
Appendix G Oddur Einarsson, Bishop in Iceland 216
Appendix H Kepler's Concept of Gravity 218
Appendix I Kepler's Concept of Inertia 222
Appendix J The Cold of Quivira 224
Appendix K David Fabricius 226
Appendix L Paul Guldin 233
Appendix M The People of Lucumoria 236
Bibliography Bibliography 241
Index Index 245

Edition Notes

Includes bibliographical references (p. 241-243) and index.
Originally published: Madison : University of Wisconsin Press, 1967.

Genre Early works to 1800.
Other Titles Somnium


Dewey Decimal Class 523.3
Library of Congress QB41 .K4213 2003

The Physical Object

Pagination xxiii, 255 p. ;
Number of pages 255

ID Numbers

Open Library OL3686578M
ISBN 10 0486432823
ISBN 13 9780486432823
LC Control Number 2003050230
Library Thing 1415072
Goodreads 1179294

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