Kepler's laws, three mathematical statements formulated by the German astronomer Johannes Kepler that accurately describe the revolutions of the planets around the sun. Kepler's laws opened the way for the development of celestial mechanics, i.e., the application of the laws of physics to the motions of heavenly bodies. His work shows the hallmarks of great scientific theories: simplicity and universality.
Sections in this article:
- Summary of Kepler's Laws
- Kepler's Foretelling of the Law of Gravity
- Development of Kepler's Laws
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