Politieke geschiedenis van België sinds 1830 yN the earth and the moon allowing spirits to invade our worldIt s perfect Just perfect Y all this story is NUTS Johannes Kepler wrote this proto science fiction story in 1608 making it one of the first if not THE first story in the sci fi genre as a means of exploring complex astronomical physical law theories he developed about celestial bodies the moon in particular He was so far ahead of his time in both literary and scientific thinking and the result is this incredible groundbreaking artifact The frame of the story an Icelandic teen is kidnapped and brought to Denmark where he meets and is educated by Tycho Brahe the pioneering real life observational astronomer who was Kepler s mentor When the Icelandic teen makes it back to Icelandears later he finds his mother who is a witch and tells her about everything he learned about the heavens She then shares her occult knowledge of the heavens and her particular shared interest in the moon Mom summons an Icelandic daemon from myth who agrees to launch them to the moon so they can see it for themselves and they go to check it out and learn about what the moon is like and what there is to be learned about the universe from the lunar surface What s so crazy about this is a how innovative the storytelling is and b how many mind bending concepts Kepler was speculating about before science had even arrived at them Kepler was writing this 80 YEARS before Newton describes gravity a discovery that rested largely upon Kepler s earlier work but in Somnium Kepler correctly theorizes gravitation by describing the g force caused by launch from earth He identifies Lagrangian Points in this story 180 YEARS before Lagrange first wrote about the three body problem He writes about temperature decrease and oxygen depletion occurring with gains in altitude way before that atmospheric knowledge was pinned down He writes about how their is no air in space and that humans need tech to breathe I would argue that he even hints at a theory of evolution by describing how different environmental factors in various regions of the moon produced different life forms It s literally insane that Kepler was out here speculating with such far out ideas that would later prove to be loosely correct I geeked way tf out reading this Truly just a jaw dropping accomplishment Absolutely fascinating book I really don t think I ve ever read anything uite like it Apparently many consider to be the first science fiction ever written and certainly that makes uite a bit of sense I would however properly call it a work of fiction science Whereas science fiction as we know it today uses science to tell a story it seems that Kepler is using a story to explain science This is a book that is going to be difficult to fully appreciate for just about anyone who reads it For an astronomer the wild conjecture of extraterrestrial life and the dream daemon trip to Mars could be frustratingly un imperical Meanwhile for a layman the apparently very accurate mathematical calculations are excessive and at times indecipherable And Internationaal cartoonfestival Knokke-Heist. Cartoons 2003 yet it makes both think about the world differently By considering how a resident of Mars or Levania as they know it sees their place in the universe we must reconsider our own place in itRecommended read for everyone and its very short soou have no excuse Surprisingly interesting at least to me Kepler describes what astronomy would be like as seen from the moon What would the motion of the Earth the other planets the sun and the stars look like from different places "on the moon What would eclipses look like Would there be "the moon What would eclipses look like Would there be I found it fascinating I would prefer an animated video but Kepler apparently didn t know how to make one of thoseAs I understand it he originally presented this work privately to other scientists without a framing story Years later understand it he originally presented this work privately to other scientists without a framing story Years later added a prelude to put himself at arms length from the heretical ideas that could have got him killed So he describes it first as a dream and then even inside the dream it is a second hand story told by some guy he met who was transported to the moon by a demon Even so it wasn t published until he was safely deadYou can call this Science Fiction if ou want but I m shelving this as Science because the astronomy is the real point The framing story is irrelevant to the main content I have just finished some basic research about this book by Kepler Many consider Somnium as the very first piece of science fiction which is utterly wrong Kepler himself got inspired by Lucian s text entitled A true story 2nd century I
that already talks outer space aliens and interplanetary issues Further Kepler had bought a copy of Plutarch s Face Of The Moon where a figure called Duracotus same character in Somnium is introducedThe form of the text is an interesting one as probably it was written with the intention of sound like a mythtale to perhaps justify his imagination Another hypothesis is that he masked his thoughts in science fiction in order to avoid getting condemned by his views Giordano Bruno was burned at the stake in 1600 9 ears before SomniumOverall is a great historical piece of Lunar treatise and should be in the bookshelves of anyone interested in space archaeology science fiction and of course Levania The Goodreads rating system is not really euipped to handle the complexities of capturing my response to this book so let me add a few additional ratings Story 25 Pacing 25 Novelty or audacity based on contemporary peers 55 Perceived effect on subseuent literature 55Authors like Asimov and Sagan Carl have allegedly referred to Somnium as the first work of Science Fiction That s pretty high praise but I can t really argue with their conclusion Kepler goes into obsessive detail about astronomy from a lunar perspective including how Earth would look from the moon how the occlusion of the sun would appear from a lunar perspective how days and seasons would function if one lived on the moon the motion of the moon in relation to Earth and the sun etcSomnium was published posthumously by Kepler s family and it makes one wonder whether it was a guilty pleasure kept private by the author to avoid embarrassment and humiliation from his peers or whether he would have refined the work and published it with pride The ending is incredibly abrupt and Kepler s notes on the text are obsessive and dense enough to comprise four times the length of the story itselfThe writing is certainly tedious and dated enough to dissuade many but lovers of history or science fiction should find a great deal of satisfaction in experiencing perhaps the first attempt at using fiction to illustrate scientific principles. Inhabitants Nearly 20 ears later Kepler added the dream framework and after another decade he drafted a series of explanatory notes reflecting upon his turbulent career and the stages of his intellectual development The book was edited by his heirs including Jacob Bartsch after Kepler's death in 1630 and was published posthumously in 16.
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d for interplanetary travelers He believed that the tides of Earth s oceans were caused by the gravitational pull of the moon He was the first person to discover this and he was ridiculed Others argued that if the moon was causing the tides through attraction why did a high tide occur when the moon was on the opposite side of the planet Kepler responded that an eual and opposite reaction could be expected that once the moon passed the ocean would rebound back from it s unnaturally high position to form a bulge on the back side of the planet due to the inertia of the water itself he was of course proved right Kepler also believed that the moon s gravity would need to be taken into account when plotting the course of an interplanetary journey the very first person to describe interplanetary trajectory calculations He believed that to escape Earth s gravity ou d need exceptional thrust which he described as a cannon a la Jules Verne 200 Theorieboek Rijbewijs B
years later He noted that the forces caused by such acceleration would wreck havoc on human anatomy so he prescribed special force dampening harnesses and sedatives to control heart rate He recognized that there would be a hypothetical neutral point in the gravitational pull between the Earth and the moon so things would float in space He recognizedou d need breaking thrusters to counter the moon s gravity on a descent to the surface He understood that gravity would be weaker on the moon and that that would translate into a thinner atmosphere He was wrong about the moon having an atmosphere but so was pretty much everyone before the 20th century Meanwhile he used his understanding of gravity to shape the type of life he thought might exist on the moon saying that such life needed to be able to extract oxygen from water to avoid relying on the thin atmosphere and that life would grow very large due to the weak gravity Moon creatures would also live in caves and canals to avoid exposure to solar radiation and temperature extremes driven by the moon s exceptionally long days and nights He was wrong in believing the moon had oceans but what s interesting is that he realized that Earth s gravitational pull on the moon would result in the earth side face being covered in water explaining the apparently large oceans on the earth side face He also envisioned what the heavens would look like from the moon describing how much of the sky would appear to go retrograde as the moon completed its back side orbit around the earth and how navigation on the moon s surface could be aided by reference to Earth s fixed position in the sky The moon s inhabitants meanwhile would have a very different conception of time given their days last a full month in Earth termsI truly don t understand how Kepler reasoned all this out He wasn t building from anything except maybe Plutarch and a smattering of other ancient Greeks and Romans It would be like writing about time travel today from nothing than a handful of philosophy and math classes and having the theoretical physics of it be conceptually correct even though it contradicts our current standard modelYet he did And in describing all of this Kepler gave people a way of imagining what life would look like from the moon It helped them see the moon as a place in and of itself and it helped people understand that our perspective on everything heavens included is contingent on our human perspective from Earth How differently might things look if we were to free ourselves from those constraintsThis is the power of science fiction Speculation Shifts in perspective and though them new possibilities arising from obscurity It s powerful Necessary even As Thomas Kuhn described in The Structure of Scientific Revolutions and as max jammer has described in his groundbreaking works Jammer has described in his groundbreaking works of scientific pursuit is human endeavor bounded by human phenomenology and human psychology How then can we break out of old paradigms to explore new possibilities Though creativity and imagination Though people uncowed unconstrained by social norms and in Kepler s and Galileo s case by direct threats to life and limb And literature is a vehicle that can be used to explore controversial ideas in safe perhaps subversive waysHowever writing Somnium was not safe for Kepler The work was written as an allegory in order to make it palatable but unfortunately Kepler s imagined journey to the moon was taken with his mother who he described as a herbalist capable of speaking with the spirits who inhabit the wild northern regions of Iceland Accordingly word of mouth accounts of the then unpublished story were used as evidence in charging Kepler s mother with witchcraft and she was imprisoned Kepler spent an entire Contruire pas pas une pyramide fraisiers (Construction pas pas t. 1)
year painstakingly constructing a legal defense to secure his mother s release which relied on finding scientific explanations for all the various charges against her eg cows not giving milk a pain in a child s arm etc etc Though his mother was released she ultimately died as a result from her imprisonmentThe price of a dream that would ultimately launch humanity on its first steps to the stars was the life of an innocent woman It was a price that rocked Kepler to the coreIn reading Kepler s various works he was never boastful He was careful and particularly after the death of his mother he was always aware of the political and physical dangers of the ideas he proposed While Galileo writes in grandiose terms Kepler often comes across world weary I believe he was weary of the world that killed his mother Andet in spite of everything what s most moving about Kepler s writing is the pure joy in the beauty of the universe and all its mysteries Joy and love and boundless "possibility Kepler fuses fantasy and science fiction in this work He writes that witches old women accustomed to riding broomsticks "
Kepler fuses fantasy and science fiction in this work He writes that witches old women accustomed to riding broomsticks the wild barrens in the depth of night are the perfect hardy travelers for a voyage to the moon He writes that spirits know the way to the moon indeed the moon is where spirits live The way to the moon is through tunnels of shadow a very fae turn of phrase though he literally means that Silent Strength (Strength,
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you ve gained sufficient elevation ORou have to do the entire journey in the course of an eclipse Incidentally this is why eclipses are bad luck they are opening the shadow tunnels betwee. Nomy Carl Sagan and Isaac Asimov have referred to it as the first work of science fictionSomnium began as a student dissertation in which Kepler defended the Copernican doctrine of the motion of the Earth suggesting that an observer on the Moon would find the planet's movements as clearly visible as the Moon's activity is to the Earth's. This book is the weirdest THE WEIRDEST Must be read by all Everyone should read this So bloody beautiful I can t believe I d never read this but I m absolutely delighted to have discovered it now A lovely early work of science fiction using the supernatural to describe the nature of the solar system to the audience of the scientific revolution And it s just beautiful Somnium or The Dream was written by German mathematician and astronomer Johannes Kepler early in the 17th Century as a serious lunar study and declaration of support for Copernican astronomy disguised as a work of fiction The Copernican model placing the sun at the center of the solar system was at that point in history facing great contention from the Church and Kepler thought it prudent to wreath his astronomical observations in the guise of a fantastical occult tale and to then attempt to circulate his book only to friends and other astronomersSomnium is one of a handful of older works I am currently tracking down in an effort to explore the genesis and development of science fiction literature The translation from the original Latin felt solid and this printing was full of helpful footnotes and scholarship After having read a few early utopias to get things started I have to say that THIS is where I start to get excited when man first starts to imagine just what may be up There and how mankind may go about getting up There It is this exploratory notion mixed with imagination that I most enjoy about SF and Kepler seems to be the true starting point indeed Sagan and Asimov both had stated that they considered Somnium to be the first true SF bookKepler studied lunar motion in detail and his mathematical abilities allowed him to work out the pure physics involved in traveling from the Earth to the Moon He judiciously declined to speculate on any mechanical means of achieving this travel acknowledging that mankind would likely not progress to such a state of ability until long after his own lifetime but the fact that he believed we would eventually arrive there that our aspirations to explore would one day take us to the heavens generates a great amount of admiration within meKepler s investigation of the lunar surface was also exhaustive and in his book he imagined what sort of lifeforms one might find on the moon imaginings based on false presumptions es but again it is that meeting of exploration and imagination that is so exciting to me and I loved reading this book Friends do ou have a moment to talk about 17th century astronomer and mathematician Johannes Kepler He has been wronged by history and I aim to be the fan girl to set the record straightIf Gunnin' For Love
you learned about early modern science the way I did growing upou primarily learned about Galileo Galilei and his telescope aided astronomical discoveries that overturned the geocentric model of the solar system and brought us into a enlightened age Then ou skipped straight on to Sir Issac Newton to talk about gravity But neither Galileo s discoveries nor Newton s theory of universal gravitation were possible without Johannes Kepler Some facts Kepler described the terrain of the moon using a combination of naked eye observations and pure a priori reasoning before Galileo observed the moon s surface through his telescope confirming many of Kepler s conclusions Kepler s ideas about the moon were wildly radical for the time The official view of the universe supported by the Catholic and Lutheran churches described heavenly bodies as perfect spheres embedded in other perfect crystalline spheres with Earth at the center This view of the universe was a priori ism run amok and leveraged towards maintaining faith but regardless describing the moon as a world with imperfections like mountains and valleys and perhaps oceans and rivers was next to heresy How is Earth uniue in God s creation if the universe is full of innumerable worlds Yet this is what Kepler proposed before Galileo s confirmation Kepler Developed A Conception Of a conception of 80 ears before Newton describing it as a permeating force similar to magnetism He was also the first person to use inertia in its modern sense This was no small feat During Kepler s time Aristotelian type theories prevailed enforced by the Catholic and Lutheran churches which saw Aristotelianism as compatible with biblical literalism These theories viewed gravity as the result
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matter s propensity to seek its pre ordained in the world It was highly teleological and relied on a fundamentally different conception of space matter and force To break with this view was an act of unspeakable intellectual creativity And Newton himself rightly credited Kepler for this genius While Galileo usually gets the praise for overturning the geocentric model of the solar system it was Kepler who did the heavy lifting by calculating the orbit of Mars using Tycho Brahe s painstaking observations Kepler s entire life s work including Somnium probably did to establish the heliocentric model of the solar system than any number of contributions made by any other person since Copernicus Why Because he had the proverbial receipts His observations and calculations were undeniable But than pure empiricism or pure reason his writing was able to help people imagine other possibilities for the universeAnd here begins my review of SomniumThis book is the most prescient work of fiction I have ever read It s wildly creative and while fundamentally wrong on some counts the moon for instance is decidedly not inhabited what s amazing is all the ways in which it s rightFor instance solar radiation In Kepler s enumerations of the dangers of a voyage to the moon he lists solar radiation a concept that just didn t exist in his time He reasoned two things 1 light is always associated with heat and 2 as Convaincre en moins de 2 minutes
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you move away from a body with massou leave its atmosphere He conseuently prescribed a breathing Somnium Latin for The Dream is a fantasy written between 1620 and 1630 by Johannes Kepler in which a student of Tycho Brahe is transported to the Moon by occult forces It presents a detailed imaginative description of how the earth might look when viewed from the moon and is considered the first serious scientific treatise on lunar astro. .
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