Harmony of the Spheres

A selection of Helmholtz resonators from 1870, Hunterian Museum, Glasgow

Seven billion souls that move around the sun
Rolling faster, faster, not a chance to slow down
Slow down

— Childish, Feels Like Summer

Harmonices Mundi (Latin: The Harmony of the World, 1619) is a book by Johannes Kepler. In the work, written entirely in Latin, Kepler discusses harmony and congruence in geometrical forms and physical phenomena. The final section of the work relates his discovery of the so-called “third law of planetary motion”.

The concept of musical harmonies intrinsically existing within the spacing of the planets existed in medieval philosophy prior to Kepler. Musica universalis was a traditional philosophical metaphor that was taught in the quadrivium, and was often called the “music of the spheres”. Kepler was intrigued by this idea while he sought explanation for a rational arrangement of the heavenly bodies. When Kepler uses the term “harmony” it is not strictly referring to the musical definition, but rather, a broader definition encompassing congruence in Nature and the workings of both the celestial and terrestrial bodies. He notes musical harmony as being a product of man, derived from angles, in contrast to a harmony that he refers to as being a phenomenon that interacts with the human soul. In turn, this allowed Kepler to claim the Earth has a soul because it is subjected to astrological harmony.


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