Author:Johannes Kepler

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Johannes Kepler

Astronomer and mathematician, best known for his three laws of planetary motion and for describing the shape of the orbits of the planets around the Sun.
Most of Kepler's works were not translated into English until the second half of the 20th century.

Johannes Kepler



[Note: The English translations listed below were identified from Johann Kepler: Oxford Bibliographies Online Research Guide (OUP, 2010), of which only a partial preview was available on Google, hence it is incomplete. The guide states (pg. 5) "There were no translations of Kepler’s works into English until the 20th century, and the vast majority appeared after 1960. ... There are still no translations of some of his important works, such as De stella nova (On the New Star, 1606) and Dioptrice (Dioptrics, 1611), nor is there a complete translation of his Epitome astronomiae Copernicanae (Epitome of Copernican Astronomy, 1621)]

  • Myterium cosmographicum (The Sacred Mystery of the Cosmos) (1596)
(tr) Myterium cosmographicum: The Secret of the Universe (1981), by A. M. Duncan
  • Apologia pro Tychone contra Ursum (written c.1601, published posthumously)
(tr) The Birth of History and Philosophy of Science: Kepler’s A Defence of Tycho against Ursus with Essays on its Provenance and Significance (1984), by Nicholas Jardine
  • De Fundamentis Astrologiae Certioribus (Concerning the More Certain Fundamentals of Astrology) (1601)
(tr) On the More Certain Fundamentals of Astrology. Translated by Mary Ann Rossi. Forward and notes by Bruce Brackenridge in 'Proceedings of the American Philosophical Society' 123 (1979): pp.85-116.
  • Astronomiae Pars Optica (The Optical Part of Astronomy) (1604)
(tr) Optics: Paralipomena to Witelo and Optical Part of Astronomy (2000), by William H. Donahue
  • De Stella nova in pede Serpentarii (On the New Star in Ophiuchus's Foot) (1604)
  • Astronomia nova (New Astronomy) (1609) [full Latin title: Astronomia nova αἱτιολογητός, seu Physica coelestis tradita commentariis de motibus stellae Martis ex observationibus G.V. Tychonis Brahe]
(tr) New Astronomy (1992), by William H. Donahue
  • Tertius Interveniens (Third-party Interventions) (1610)
(tr) Kepler’s Astrology: The Baby, the Bath Water; and the Third Man in the Middle (2008), by Ken Negus, with introduction and editor's notes by Valerie Vaughan
  • Dissertatio cum Nuncio Sidereo (Conversation with the Starry Messenger) (1610)
(tr) Kepler’s Conversation with Galileo’s Sidereal Messenger (1965), by Edward Rosen
  • Dioptrice (1611)
  • Strena Seu de Nive Sexangula (On the Six-Cornered Snowflake) (1611)
(tr) The Six-Cornered Snowflake (1966), by Colin Hardie
  • De vero Anno, quo aeternus Dei Filius humanam naturam in Utero benedictae Virginis Mariae assumpsit (1613)
  • Eclogae Chronicae (1615, published with Dissertatio cum Nuncio Sidereo)
  • Nova stereometria doliorum vinariorum (New Stereometry of Wine Barrels) (1615)
  • Epitome astronomiae Copernicanae (Epitome of Copernican Astronomy) (published in three parts from 1618–1621)
  • Harmonice Mundi (Harmony of the Worlds) (1619)
  • Mysterium cosmographicum (The Sacred Mystery of the Cosmos) 2nd Edition (1621)
  • Tabulae Rudolphinae (Rudolphine Tables) (1627)
  • Somnium (The Dream) (1634) (said to be the first science fiction work)
Kepler's Somnium: The Dream or Posthumous Work on Lunar Astronomy (1967), by Edward Rosen

Works about Kepler


Some or all works by this author were published before January 1, 1929, and are in the public domain worldwide because the author died at least 100 years ago. Translations or editions published later may be copyrighted. Posthumous works may be copyrighted based on how long they have been published in certain countries and areas.

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