Influences on Kepler
By: Kennneth

There were a few people who had a great deal with influencing Kepler. The first one was Nicolaus Copernicus. He was the first person to propose the heliocentric universe, which put the sun in the center of the universe and not Earth which had been the common thinking for centuries. When he brought this idea to the table some people were not very eager to believe it. The second and maybe most helpful one was Tycho Brahe. Kepler was brought in to be Brahe's student in 1601 to help him observe planetary motions. Upon his death Kepler inherited the vital data that would help him to track the planetary movements. This data would help him to make all of the laws that he put into practice. It also helped him accuratley predict the orbit of Mercury.

Sources: Isaac Asimov, Asimov's Biographical Encyclopedia of Science and Technology (Garden City N.Y.: Doubleday & Company Inc., 1972)