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-- from Kepler
In a brilliant illumination of the Renaissance mind, the acclaimed Irish novelist John Banville re-creates the life of Johannes Kepler and his incredible drive to chart the orbits of the planets and the geometry of the universe.
Wars, witchcraft, and disease rage throughout Europe. And for this court mathematician, vexed by domestic strife, appalled by the religious upheavals that have driven him from exile to exile, and vulnerable to the whims of his eccentric patrons, astronomy is a quest for some form of divine order. For all of the mathematical precision of his exploration, though, it is a seemingly elusive quest until he makes one glorious and profoundly human discovery.
"Narrative art...at a positively symphonic level."
-- The Guardian --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
Banville's novel has it all - descriptions of the harsh and ugly realities of the late 1500's and also the beauty and tortures of a troubled and brilliant mathematical mind. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Reed
I love this book from start to finish. It is a little know book about Kepler and the trials and tribulations he had to endure in his dogmatic era. Read morePublished on Sept. 18 2000 by Iain Black