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Everyone Knows Your Mother Is a Witch

by Rivka Galchen

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Johannes Kepler (1571-1630)

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Johannes Kepler, 1610 The narrator of Rivka Galchen's novel Everyone Knows Your Mother Is a Witch is Katharina Kepler, mother of noted astronomer Johannes Kepler. Kepler was born in 1571 in Weil der Stadt, Württemberg, a German territory within the Holy Roman Empire. His father, whom Kepler pronounced "an immoral, rough and quarrelsome soldier," was a mercenary who abandoned the family when Johannes was five years old. Though he was sickly and from a poor background, Kepler's intellect was quickly recognized and encouraged. After grammar school, he went on to a Protestant seminary at Adelberg and continued his religious studies at the Protestant university in Tübingen.

Kepler's interest in astronomy began when he was young; he watched the Great Comet of 1577 and observed an eclipse in 1580. Although his primary field of study was religion, he dabbled in the science, which was closely linked to astrology at that time. His passion was encouraged at Tübingen by astronomer Michael Maestlin...

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