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Johannes Kepler: Giant of Faith and Science (Sowers) [Paperback]

By John Hudson Tiner (Author), Tiner Jon H (Author) & Rod Burke (Illustrator)
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Item description for Johannes Kepler: Giant of Faith and Science (Sowers) by John Hudson Tiner, Tiner Jon H & Rod Burke...

Personal Creed: I believe . . . that the World of Nature, the World of Man, the World of God - all three fit together. We see how God, like a human architect approached the founding of the world according to order and rule and measured everything in such a manner. I believe . . . that together with the Holy Scriptures came the book of Nature. Should the kind Creator who brought forth nature out of nothing deprive the spirit of man . . . of every heavenly delight. I had the intention of becoming a theologian . . . but now I see how God is, by my endeavors, also glorified in astronomy for the heavens declare the glory of God. I believe . . . that our Creator has given us a spirit in addition to the senses, for another reason than merely to provide living for ourselves . . . Man's soul is something quite different from the others part of man, and the soul is kept alive, enriched and grows by that food called knowledge. I am eager to publish my observations in God's honor who wishes to be recognized from the book of Nature. I am a Christian. I believe . . . only and alone in the service of Jesus Christ . . . in Him is all refuge and solace.

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This giant of astronomy considered his studies to be a way of looking into God's creation.

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Item Specifications...

Studio: Mott Media (MI)
Pages   207
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.24" Width: 5.25" Height: 0.56"
Weight:   0.55 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Nov 30, 2000
Publisher   Mott Media
Grade Level  Grade 8  
Age  9-13
Series  Sowers  
ISBN  091513411X  
ISBN13  9780915134113  

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More About John Hudson Tiner, Tiner Jon H & Rod Burke

John Hudson Tiner John Hudson Tiner received five National Science Foundation teaching fellowships during his 12 years as a teacher of mathematics and science that allowed him to study graduate chemistry, astronomy, and mathematics. He also worked as a mathematician and cartographer for the Defense Mapping Agency, Aerospace Center in St. Louis, MO.

Tiner has received numerous honors for his writing, including the Missouri Writer's Guild award for best juvenile book for Exploring the World of Chemistry. He and his wife, Jeanene, live in Missouri.

John Hudson Tiner currently resides in High Ridge, in the state of Missouri. John Hudson Tiner was born in 1944.

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Brilliant man, so-so book, mediocre depth  Apr 6, 2006
John Hudson Tiner's Johannes Kepler: Giant of Faith and Science is a biography that recounts Kepler's life in a simplistic and easy-to-follow way. The entire story is documented in major "chapters" of Kepler's life, and each event is described with commentary and dialogue between Kepler and the other prevalent characters. Not only are Kepler's scientific works covered, but his struggles with the church and society are also described.

Johannes Kepler was a giant of science as well as faith. One cannot understand the history of science without understand those who are behind in. In doing so, the author makes a valuable contribution to those wish to understand not only science but the interplay between science and society.

This book is a good elementary description of Kepler's life, but for someone who is looking for an in-depth and sophisticated opinion may find it lacking. However, it certainly is suitable for younger students or anyone just wanting a quick read. One thumb up :o)
Science and faith blended in this man's life.  Jun 7, 2001
John Hudson Tiner dones a fine job of writing this easy reading book of Kepler's life. I cannot comment on how well he makes the subject matter easy to understand for the intended audience, since I am not experienced in that area, but I can tell it is a great book for high school and older -- a book written for young people that adults can read without feeling like it is written beneath them. One great feature of this book, and other books by Tiner in this series, is the fact that he explains scientific facts in such a way that those not familiar with them can gain an understanding of some of the contributions of this man to astronomy. Pictures, some from Kepler's works, throughout the book make the book even more valuable.

Any biography on Kepler is not true to the man if his faith and science are separated. Raised in a less than ideal family situation, Kepler lived in incredible times so far as the fighting over religious beliefs is concerned. Though he held firmly to and held dearly his own faith and gave up much because of it, he did not wish to become involved in the fighting over it. He also freely acknowledged that God gained glory from whatever scientific study he did.

Kepler's contribution to astonomy was immense. As an example, he was provided with much needed observational data from Tycho that allowed him to determine the orbital path of Mars (around the Sun). This opened the door to determine the orbital path of other heavenly bodies as well. At one point he was motivated to discover the truth about the heavenly bodies to help dispel the superstition that caused his own mother to be tried inappropriately as a witch.

This book provides a good starting point for learning about the life of Kepler. Such reading is wholesome and inspiring and good for teaching excellent values in life. To continue my study of Kepler, I am presently reading the book on him titled Kepler by Max Casper, Dover pub., 1993, a book clearly written for adults which includes much more detail. Tiner's book was a good preliminary for this latter book.


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