by L. Vanchelnik


as the complexity of kepler’s mars work increased
fabricius became more and more skeptical
about the course of kepler’s research
and began to offer him alternative theories of mars
based on compounds of uniform circular motion
in the classical style
when the third of these reproduced an ellipse
that seemed to differ insensibly from kepler’s own theory
kepler viciously attacked it and broke off their correspondence


– as described by James Voekel




Lawrence A. Vanchelnik is a local author and retired imaging scientist.