Four-Fold Visions of

the American West

Reason Versus Transcendence

from Alaska to New Mexico

November 18, 2017

All the sounds of the earth are like music.

Oscar Hammerstein II  

Sometime around the year 1600, the German astronomer and mathematician Johannes Kepler undertook a study of the motions of the planets. Over the next decade-and-a-half he revolutionized the way astronomers understood the heavens. While every right-thinking star-gazer believed that the planets moved in circles around the Sun, Kepler proved that they travelled in ellipses—slightly squashed circles. Then, in 1618, he worked out the exquisite formula that relates a planet's period, p—the length of time it ta...

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