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YEAR BOOK SUBJECT CONTRIBUTION
1596 Mysterium 
Cosmographicum
Use of the 5 perfect solids
to explain the solar system.
Illustrates 'old' side of Kepler.  Since
this idea failed it laid groundwork for
his New Astronomy.
1602 De fundamentia
Astrologise Certioribus
Astrology Shows Kepler's views on astrology. 
He appears to accept judicial but not 
personal astrology.
1604 Astronomiae pars
Optica
Optics Presents a new theory of vision and an
approximation to the laws of refraction.
1609 Astronomia Nova Solar System;
physical astronomy
Kepler's first law, the planetary orbit of
Mars is an ellipse, and second law, the radius
vector sweeps out equal areas in equal times.
Introduced idea of 'force' into solar system.
1611 Dioptrice Theory of Telescope Theory of lenses and refraction.
1615 Nove Stereometric
Doliorum
Mathematics Approached the Concepts of infinitesimal
calculus.
1619 Harmonice Mundi Harmony of the World Shows Kepler's harmonic thought.  Kepler's
third law
1621 Epitome Astronomiae
Copernicanae
Physical Astronomy Extended Kepler's three laws to the entire
solar system. 
1627 Rudolphine Tables Astronomy Provided most accurate astronomical tables
available.  Showed superiority of the Keplerian system based on Tycho's data.  Vehicle of
acceptance of the New Astronomy.

  
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