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Johannes Kepler published Harmonies of the World in 1619. This was the summation of his theories about celestial correspondences, and ties together the ratios of the planetary orbits, musical theory, and the Platonic solids. Kepler's speculations are long discredited. However, this work stands as a bridge between the Hermetic philosophy of the Renaissance, which sought systems of symbolic correspondences in the fabric of nature, and modern science. And today, we finally have heard the music of the spheres: data from outer system probes have been translated into acoustic form, and we can listen to strange clicks and moans from Jupiter's magnetosphere.
Part of the Encyclopaedia Britannica’s Great Books of the Western World set.
This book has 116 pages in the PDF version. This translation by Charles Glenn Wallis was originally published in 1939.
Production notes: This ebook of Harmonies of the World was published by Global Grey in 2019.