Kepler Johannes Kepler born in in south Germany was one of the world s greatest mathematicians and astronomers The author of this book uses this history as a background to his novel writing a work of

  • Title: Kepler
  • Author: John Banville
  • ISBN: 9780330372336
  • Page: 164
  • Format: Paperback
  • Johannes Kepler, born in 1571 in south Germany, was one of the world s greatest mathematicians and astronomers The author of this book uses this history as a background to his novel, writing a work of historical fiction that is rooted in poverty, squalor and the tyrannical power of emperors.

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    1. Banvil je izuzetno dobar pisac, a Đorđe Krivokapić majstor prevođenja.Ova knjiga, kroz Keplerovu biografiju (delovi su stvarni, nedostatak podataka je nadomestio autor) priča o strasti na kojoj se, najverovatnije, sve temelji: žudnjom za razumevanjem poretka sveta. Traži Kepler dokaz za harmoniju u Kosmosu, dok ga sapliću razne srednjovekovne muke: bolesti, samovolja raznih careva koji se takmiče u zvekanstvu ali su revnosni u neplaćanju obaveza, raznorazni hirovi klera, ratovi, deca k [...]

    2. Science As PyschotherapyUnlike his introduction of Nicolaus Copernicus in his first volume of his Revolutions trilogy, John Banville gives a very clear key to his interpretation of Johannes Kepler’s life in the second: “…disorder had been the condition of his life from the beginning.” Not only does this set off a much more distinctive character for Kepler than for Copernicus, but it also allows Banville to pursue the interaction of that character with the intellectual and social context [...]

    3. Ovo je knjiga koja prikazuje Keplerov život i borbu za objavu njegovih otkrića i radova. Prica je tim zanimljivija što je u pitanju fikcija pa je čitka i pruža više informacija o životu toga doba.

    4. KEPLER. (U.S. ed. 1983). John Banville. ***. This is the second novel in Banville’s trilogy on the famous astronomers, this time of Johannes Kepler, a 16th-17th century German mathematician, astronomer and astrologer. As in his earlier work on Copernicus, Banville focuses his part real, part fictional life of his character primarily on his struggle to achieve his scientific goals against horrendous odds. It is again difficult to imagine being able to work under the conditions that existed at t [...]

    5. As the title implies, this is historical fiction about the famous mathematician and astronomer Johannes Keppler. Banville brings his signature precision of language and gift for creating character and atmosphere to this novel. I can not evaluate the historical accuracy of the story since I knew nothing of Keppler’s personal life and only the most basic highlights of his professional achievements. But, I enjoyed this unique subject.

    6. Banville is a fantastic writer, and this I think is his best historical fiction. I really felt I was struggling through the dirt and misery of those times with Kepler, chasing his dream of perfect order in the cosmos, in the footsteps of Copernicus who established that the galaxy is heliocentric. When you are taught the dry facts at school you get nothing of the passion that went into them, and schoolkids should be given more of that.

    7. John Banville is one of my favorite writers, a leaning reinforced by his historical novel Kepler, about the 17th century mathematician & astronomer Johannes Kepler. Math and astronomy are not among my usual haunts, but Banville writes so well and so precisely, he can infuse anything with interest. Part of the strength of his writing is his talent for choosing the right word. It doesn’t have to be a big $10 word, it might just be two somewhat usual words put together unexpectedly.“Looking [...]

    8. Wish I could give it 3.5 stars; Kepler is well worth reading but I'm not mad about it. First, as others have pointed out, Banville is first of all a very skilled wordsmith. There are moments of imagery and description that simply knock one's socks off. Second, the woven structure is quite engaging. throughout the reader is inside Kepler's brain which is quite an interesting place marrying quite unexpectedly the banal with the marvelous. Kepler talks to himself, dreams, worries, aches for his hea [...]

    9. Die physikalischen Entdeckungen Keplers interessieren mich kaum und ich würde sie sicher nicht ansatzweise begreifen. Aber Kepler wird hier auch in erster Linie als Mensch gezeigt: Einerseits sich seiner Theorien allzu gewiss, dann auch arrogant und selbstgerecht; außerdem wenig kompromissbereit und die Etikette höherer Kreise mißachtend; andererseits ist er auch ein Waschlappen: Seine Frau wird ihm fast gegen seinen Willen angeheiratet und er wehrt sich kaum, leidet aber ständig unter ihr. [...]

    10. I was interested in the dialogues between Kepler and Tycho Brahe. The letters were also a joy. Were any of these original letters or purely fiction?

    11. Sometimes being the smartest person in the room doesn't necessarily help when nobody knows what the heck you're talking about. And the ones who do all assume it's magic anyway.The 1600s were not the best time for the world of science. They weren't awful, as people were starting to realizing that invisible elves with weights weren't actually responsible for gravity but it was still kind of an uphill battle. Progress was being made by various learned men, men who were looking toward the sky and th [...]

    12. Johannes Kepler wants to unite the heavens in a glorious mathematical and astronomical harmony, and he has the genius to do that very thing. Everything else about his life is out of tune, from his own abrasive personality to his marriage and his religion, as well as his reliance on wealthy patrons to fund his scientific endeavours and with whom he is always at odds or out of step. I think Banville's books are less about either the explicated sciences or the accurate biographies of these men, but [...]

    13. Historical fiction can be such a dustbin -- frustrated historians trying to imagine details they cannot dig up, frustrated novelists turning to history to find the stories they cannot imagine. That's why "Kepler" is a pleasant surprise. Both literate and accurate, it brings to life that perilous balance between science and pseudo-science that Kepler and his contemporaries shifted. I strongly recommend it to anyone interested in astronomy or the history of science. Or just a good novel. And I'm p [...]

    14. What to say about a book like this? Clearly very well written. Clearly a fascinating time. But so hard to read about a bunch of people who are all so obnoxious.

    15. Cursed with poor eyesight, yet thriving under his Emperor patron in Prague, Kepler garners renown amidst his vast network of scholars. This book mainly simulates what it would have been like to be an intellectual in the time of Johannes Kepler, who started from humble beginnings, and was for his whole life, suspect for not adhering to doctrinal sects of Christianity at the time.In a time of poor medical facilities, we see Kepler grapple with a trying family life, with several of his children suc [...]

    16. The second, after Copernicus, in a trilogy of science-based novels, Kepler's story evokes the times (late sixteenth and early seventeenth centuries) well and the characters are well drawn. The drawback is that the timelines and the discoveries (for example, that the planets do not circle the sun as Copernicus thought, but glide in ellipses) are not sufficiently moulded into a compelling story but seem to be more narratives, thoughts and speeches upon a history. Perhaps the best character is the [...]

    17. Johanes Kepler je jedna markantna figura 17 stoljeća, nemački astronom i matematičar poznat po Keplerovim zakonima o kretanju planeta oko Sunca.Ova knjiga počinje sa Keplerovim dolaskom u Prag 1600 godine, nakon što ga je pozvao danski astoronom Tiho Brahe. Kroz njegova razmišljanja saznajemo ukratko što se pre toga događalo, uglavnom oko njegove ženidbe, oko njegovih interesovanja za astronomiju i heliocentričnom Kopernikusovom sistemu,kako je na osnovu toga 1596 g. objavio prvu knjig [...]

    18. "Com'era innocente, com'era inutilmente amabile la superficie del mondo! Il mistero delle cose semplici lo assali'. Una festiva rondine sfreccio' attraverso una scompigliante folata di fumo di lavanda. Avrebbe piovuto di nuovo. gli giunse il suono di una corda pizzicata. Sorrise, in ascolto: era forse la musica delle sfere?" (p. 71)"Cosa aveva guidato suo padre? Quali voglie impossibili si erano agitate e avevan dato calci dentro di lui? E che cosa? Il pestare di piedi durante le marce? il puzzo [...]

    19. Things sure were tough around 1600. You were lucky if you got up in the morning and even luckier if you made it to bed that night without dying of a fever.This novel won me over! In the beginning it was pretty damn moany and the language was a bit flowery but eventually the story got hold of me and I enjoyed it plenty.I have enormous respect for the amount of research that goes into a historical novel like this. It shows a commitment to the task that's not apparent in writing a novel about, say, [...]

    20. This is pretty awful. Banville pulled his interpretation of Kepler more or less completely from Arthur Koestler's Sleepwalkers (including the heaping pile of misogyny; there is zero historical evidence that Kepler didn't want to marry his first wife), chucks out all the science, and throws in a soothsaying dwarf, some unrequited intrafamily love, and a whole bunch of imaginary bellyaching about Galileo. Kepler as presented here isn't particular religious but he's new-agey as can be, navel gazing [...]

    21. Una scrittura intensa e precisa che mi ha fatto percepire come reali voci, odori e colori di un'epoca e di una vita intera: il personaggio di Keplero mi ha impressionato per la sua vividezza e mi ha fatto riflettere su quanto la scienza e l'arte del passato siano state in balìa dei capricci del destino e dei potenti, su quanto la vita fosse fragile e minacciata in ogni momento, su come un tempo fosse difficile avere il controllo sulle proprie volontà ed aspirazioni, su come fosse complicato co [...]

    22. I can't believe I'm not giving this one five stars. It's because the scientific ideas seem a little grafted on, rather than part of the story. But that's like the one flaw in a precious stone, visible only because the rest is so perfect.Radiant, beautiful, moving novel with an exquisite sense of place and prose that was so good it was suspenseful to read.I will read all of Banville's seventeen or so novels based on the strength of this one.

    23. There is less science in this book, much more interrelationships between Catholic power and Lutherans, the pressures on Kepler and the difficulty of his bringing himself to accept the evidence of Brahe's calculations to move from epicycles to elliptical motion of the planets. The writing is fine, and Banville has just the right way of bringing the reader into the situations in which he finds himself and emotions they arouse in Kepler.

    24. «¿Qué decía el judío? Se nos dice todo, pero nada se nos explica. Sí, tenemos que aceptarlo todo a ojos cerrados. Ahí reside el secreto. ¡Qué sencillo! Sonrió. Así, no fue un simple libro lo que arrojó, sino el fundamento del trabajo de toda una vida. Al parecer, no tenía la menor importancia [] No mueras nunca, no mueras nunca». (Kepler, John Banville, p. 286)

    25. I'm really liking this one. Hope it holds up.It didn't. There is a long section of "letters" Kepler writes to various people, fellow astronomers and/or patrons, and it just doesn't seem to me it moves us ahead. The book returns to narrative structure for the ending, and that was pretty well done, but I'm afraid it doesn't live up to the promise of the beginning.

    26. This should have been exactly my sort of thing - just the right period, just the right subject with the rise of science and battles against superstition, religion and alchemy. The characterisations are solidly believable, the period brought to life well. Not sure why it didn't really click - I should have loved it, I just thought it was OK.

    27. This is my favourite historical novel. Banville's prose is exquisite, moving between a grimy reality and Kepler's cosmic dreams of mathematical order. Novels of ideas don't come any better than this. Banville's style often seems mannered in his other books, but here it is in its element. Read it alongside Arthur Koestler's 'The Sleepwalkers'. Perfect.

    28. A crank writing about a crank. Admittedly, both author John Banville and his subject the astronomer Johannes Kepler are brilliant. There were snippets finely crafted, and the peripatetic life of Kepler around middle Europe against a background of religious warfare was a revelation. I don't know if I could recommend it, however.

    29. In tears, his vision splintering, he turned away, clasping the creature to him, and felt it twitch, and cough, and suddenly, as if starting in amazement, die: his son. The damp hot head lolled in his hand. What pitiless player had tossed him this tender ball of woe? He was to know other losses, but never again quite like this, like a part of himself crawling blind and mewling into death.

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