Literary gimmick Kepler used to become one of the earliest exponents of science in history

There is no doubt that scientific information has to be transmitted among scholars through peer-reviewed texts published in academic journals (if it is in the Q1 range, better than better) so that the whole process conveys confidence, reliability and accuracy.

But How do you make some of these conclusions made in a paper reach the general public? Regardless of the nuances we present in the answer to this question (which has to do with the meaning of “generalization” and “vulgarity”), the truth is that 400 years ago the first scientists who really wanted to gain knowledge were born the people who could be reached (even if it was Uses some rhetorical and persuasive methods).


Compelling techniques

The German astronomer was one of the first famous and famous scientists in history Johannes Kepler (1571-1630), a major figure in the scientific revolution, known mainly for his laws of motion of planets in their orbit around the sun.

Kepler decided to cover his book Stella Nova (New Star, 1606) Image of a hen pecking a farmland, With a motto (“Searches for compost, finds a grain”), in which he was engaged in the work of searching for objective facts, but also in the work of transmitting them: for this reason, many of the letters have adopted the techniques currently used in the most common disclosure:

  • a story Seemingly vocalized in irrelevant details But this puts the reader in context and brings him closer to the narrated event (the burning coal with which he read his instruments on the night of February 19). This device is what Roland Barthes called “the effect of reality”.
  • Determination to report failures and successes as a way of demonstrating the trial-and-error process, the epic backdrop to reaching the climax.
  • The Insist on engaging the reader As if he was really present (here so that he introduces us to his wife, as if we were visiting his house, and she replies to him sometimes, as we can read in the next part, regarding the fact that the universe can be a random fruit):

Yesterday, when I got tired of writing and my mind was filled with drops of dust from thinking about the atoms, he called me for dinner and served me a salad. Then I said: If we throw tin bowls, lettuce leaves, grains of salt, drops of oil, vinegar, water, and wonderful eggs in the air, all these things will remain forever, so Jamali replied: “But not in this show, and not in this order.”

Kepler Stella Nova

In the nineteenth century, this type of narration became the ideal of the historian, but he was not a historian in the seventeenth century, But the worldThe person who aspires to this kind of realism and closeness, with Kepler on top. Kepler was interested in connecting this story to convince his readers that his measurements were accurate, rather than simply using mathematics or scientific evidence. He was also trying to make the data drought more understandable.

With everything, Kepler still doesn’t use humor, Out of laughter (although his wife’s comment exuded a certain irony) in order to prevent the severity from turning into the cruelty of death. Something that other celebs might later rule out, and even groups of comedians like Monty Python (And countless other people somehow communicated with their members, as you can see in the following video):

So this is no longer unique Kepler’s astronomy about the moon, or John’s dream, (A Dream or Astronomy of the Moon by Johannes Kepler) was a fictional novel written in Latin by Kepler in 1608, Many consider it the first science fiction work in history, Although both its title and plot elements correspond to those of a 1532 work by the Spanish humanist Juan Maldonado.

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