Historical Astronomers in Context

Johannes Kepler (December 27, 1571- November 15, 1630) discovered the three laws of planetary motion, which Isaac Newton used to create his own set of laws. Kepler also used his discoveries to adjust Copernicus’s vision of the universe, making it so that the Sun had a more active role in causing the planet’s orbits

Other Things Happening in the World at the Time

  • The colony of Jamestown was established in the United States of America.
  • The Thirty Years’ War began. The Thirty Years’ War began as the Protestants revolting in the Catholic church and the oppressive measures taken by the church in order to maintain control.

    Tokugawa Ieyasu January 31, 1543- June 1, 1616

Ieyasu, one of the shoguns of Japan, moved Japan’s capital to Edo, now modern-day Tokyo.

Learning about the context of certain events helps to “set the stage,” so to speak. Context gives a backdrop to the reasons behind why philosophers and astronomers were seeking to accomplish in their studies. The rise in questioning the validity of religion to the Renaissance was the catalyst for making new discoveries about the universe as we know it.



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