It is not easy gaining admission to the Kepler Memorial Museum at No. 5, Kepler Strasse in the lovely old medieval town of Regensburg in southern Germany. During the half-term I made three attempts - but failed each time. This is a pity as Kepler is a major scientific figure who had a very interesting and somewhat troubled life, and I was particularly looking forward to visiting the museum which is in the house where the great man died.
Johannes Kepler was a brilliant mathematician and astronomer who was one of the first people to champion the idea that the Earth is not at the centre of the universe, and that the planets move in elliptical orbits around the sun.
Kepler was born in 1571 in the German town of
Kepler was a sickly child who was largely brought up by his grandfather. A bout of childhood smallpox left him with poor eyesight - which later hampered his work as an astronomer. He was intellectually able however and at the age of 17 was sent to
In 1611 Kepler’s wife died of typhus, and anti-protestant feeling was growing in
(see pp. 50-67 in Science: A History by John Gribben, 2002, Penguin Books Ltd.)