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Prague in Staré Město, Hlavní město Praha, Czech Republic — Capital City Region
 

Johannes Kepler

 
 
Johannes Kepler Marker image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Ruppenstein, August 22, 2009
1. Johannes Kepler Marker
Inscription.
{Marker text in Czech:}

Zde žil v letech 1607 až 1612
Johannes Kepler
v té dobé objevil první dva zákony
o pohybu planet kolem slunce


{The marker text, translated into English:}

Here from 1607-1612 lived Johannes Kepler, who during that time discovered the first two laws of planetary motion around the sun.
 
Erected 1971.
 
Location. 50° 5.16′ N, 14° 24.896′ E. Marker is in Prague, Hlavní město Praha, in Staré Město. Marker is on Karlova just east of Smetanovo Nábř, on the left when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: Karlova 4, Prague, Hlavní město Praha 222 220, Czech Republic.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Church of St. Salvador (within shouting distance of this marker); Bohuslav Balbín (within shouting distance of this marker); Francis Skaryna (about 120 meters away, measured in a direct line); The Novotny Footbridge (about 120 meters away); Josef Mysliveček (about 150 meters away); Vojta Náprstek
Johannes Kepler Marker - wide view image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Ruppenstein, August 22, 2009
2. Johannes Kepler Marker - wide view
The marker is visible here above the right-hand arch.
(approx. 0.2 kilometers away); Birthplace of Jaroslav Heyrovský (approx. 0.3 kilometers away); Franz Kafka (approx. 0.4 kilometers away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Prague.
 
Also see . . .
1. The golden age of astronomy in Prague. " At the beginning of the17th century Prague became the astronomical centre of the world. This had been effected by the collaboration of the best observer Tycho Brahe and the best theoretician Johannes Kepler..." (Submitted on March 17, 2011.) 

2. Johannes Kepler Lived in Prague. Prague City Line provides an overview of Kepler's stay in Prague: "...Johannes Kepler came to Prague as mathematician influenced by Copernicus’ theory and participated in Tycho Brahe’s group in the treatment of Brahe’s very precise measurements of Mars orbit....In the years 1600 – 1609, Kepler worked in Prague on his magnum opus – Astronomia Nova... and in the spring of 1609 Kepler’s tract was published.... The work comprised derivation and formulation of the first two laws of planetary motion in the Solar System....Kepler’s results completed the Copernicus’ revolution in astronomy, they made fundamentals of astronomy more precise and became
Johannes Kepler - closeup of marker image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Ruppenstein, August 22, 2009
3. Johannes Kepler - closeup of marker
starting point of a new development phase of human knowledge concerning whole range of disciplines, as well as the philosophical view of the world...."
(Submitted on March 17, 2011.) 

3. Astronomia Nova Wikipedia entry (retrieved 3/16/11). "The Astronomia nova is a book, published in 1609, that contains the results of the astronomer Johannes Kepler's ten-year long investigation of the motion of Mars. One of the greatest books on astronomy, the Astronomia nova provided strong arguments for heliocentrism and contributed valuable insight into the movement of the planets, including the first mention of their elliptical path and the change of their movement to the movement of free floating bodies as opposed to objects on rotating spheres. It is recognized as one of the most important works of the Scientific Revolution." (Submitted on March 17, 2011.) 
 
Additional keywords. astronomy
 
Categories. Science & Medicine
 
Johannes Kepler House - detail image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Ruppenstein, August 22, 2009
4. Johannes Kepler House - detail
Above the marker, between two windows, are the remnants of an image of a man. Kepler? That would seem likely, as visible in the image is what appears to be a hand-held sextant or similar device.
Johannes Kepler house and marker on Karlova Street image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Ruppenstein, August 22, 2009
5. Johannes Kepler house and marker on Karlova Street
Kepler's house is the second house in from the left, where the couple is standing. The Old Town Bridge Tower is partially visible at the end of the street. (And yes, the street is very narrow here.)
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on March 16, 2011, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California. This page has been viewed 713 times since then and 22 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on March 16, 2011, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California.   2. submitted on March 17, 2011, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California.   3. submitted on March 16, 2011, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California.   4, 5. submitted on March 17, 2011, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.
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