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Johannes Kepler, German astronomer Featured Caricatures Image

Johannes Kepler, German astronomer

Johannes Kepler (1571-1630), German astronomer, holding a divider used to plot distances. Kepler devised three fundamental laws of planetary motion. These laws were based on detailed observations of the planets made by himself and the Danish astronomer Tycho Brahe. Kepler's first law states that the planets orbit the Sun in elliptical paths, with the Sun at one focus of the ellipse. The second law states that the closer a planet comes to the Sun, the faster it moves. Kepler's third law states that the ratio of the cube of a planet's mean distance from the Sun to the square of its orbital period is a constant. Newton used these ideas to formulate his theory of gravity

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Charles Babbage, caricature Featured Caricatures Image

Charles Babbage, caricature

Charles Babbage (1791-1871). Caricature of the English mathematician Charles Babbage. Babbage is best known for his pioneering work on programmable computers. Believing that a machine could calculate and produce numerical tables more quickly and reliably than the human computers of the time, Babbage designed the Difference Engine to compute values of polynomial functions. After this, Babbage drew plans for an Analytical Engine which could be programmed using punch cards. Neither engine was built to completion until 1991, when London's Science Museum build a Difference Engine from Babbage's plans. Despite this, Babbage was awarded the Royal Astronomical Society's Gold Medal for his Difference Engine, which would have been able to generate mathematical

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Johannes Kepler, caricature Featured Caricatures Image

Johannes Kepler, caricature

Johannes Kepler. Caricature of the German astronomer Johannes Kepler (1571-1630), holding a model of a cube to represent his theories of the planetary orbits. Kepler first worked out the laws of planetary motion, which still bear his name. Using Copernicus heliocentric model of the solar system, along with Tycho Brahe's data on the position of the planets, he found that planets orbit the Sun on elliptical paths with the Sun at one focus, that the area swept out by a planet is the same regardless of where it is in its orbit, and that a planet's orbital period is proportional to the long axis of its orbit to the power of 3/2. He thought the planetary distances were based on the sizes of nested Platonic solids, which include this cube

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