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Re: VMs: Kepler & the VMS

Hi Jeff,

At 22:19 24/04/2004 +0100, Jeff Haley wrote:
Kepler actually predicted a transit of Venus that would occur in 1631. This
was observed by Gassendi after Kepler's death. Rather than being bothered
about anyone else's predictions he was making his own.

Errrrm... exactly! :-)

BTW Kepler first rationalised the orbits as circular within platonic solids.

That was precisely what J.V.Field's book was about, IIRC.

So how would that relate to the VMS diagrams?

Errrrm... exactly? :-)

My point was that, though he was in the right place at the right time doing the right thing to see the VMs (and his story sheds a bit more light on Rudolf's court), there's no evidence that Kepler actually did. Similarly for Tyco Brahe, etc etc.

Cheers, .....Nick Pelling.....

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