Journals Higher Education



Published: 22 October 2015

400 Pages | 42 b&w halftones, 2 maps


ISBN: 9780198736776

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Shortlisted for the 2017 Dingle Prize

The Astronomer and the Witch

Johannes Kepler's Fight for his Mother

Ulinka Rublack

  • An extraordinary and moving account of the astronomer Johannes Kepler's long struggle to protect his mother from execution as a witch
  • An intense family drama that takes us to the heart of Kepler's changing world
  • Brings to life a small Lutheran community in the centre of Europe at the height of the witch-craze
  • Offers a fascinating glimpse into Kepler's world view, on the cusp between Reformation and scientific revolution