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Kepler, Johannes
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(Dec 27, 1571, Weil der Stadt – Nov 15, 1630, Regensburg), astronomer, philosopher, theologian of nature, champion and extender of the Copernican system (N. Copernicus). After uncompleted study of theology in 1594, Kepler taught mathematics in Graz. There in 1595 he discovered what he called and published as the Mysterium cosmographicum (21621): between the orbits of the (six known) planets (Constellations), the five regular Platonic solids can be inscribed and their spacing explained – for him, knowledge of God's plan of creation and his call to be a “priest of the boo…

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Hübner, Jürgen, “Kepler, Johannes”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 27 June 2022 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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