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The book of science

8700 BCE - 2018 CE

Tom Sharp

Poetry and commentary reflecting milestones of the history of science

Welcome to The book of science. Come here each week to find poetry and commentary on another milestone of the history of science.


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In 1609, Johannes Kepler published “Astronomia Nova” announcing that the orbits of planets are ellipses.

1609 Planetary orbits Johannes Kepler astronomy

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1605 Bacon’s cipher Johannes Kepler cryptography
1600 Magnetism Johannes Kepler electromagnetism
1590 - 1608 Virtual image - Microscope and telescope Johannes Kepler, Johannes Kepler, Johannes Kepler, Johannes Kepler optics
1572 Nova Stella - Supernova Johannes Kepler astronomy
1569 Mercator projection Johannes Kepler cartography

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