If you are looking for wackos to read about in scientific history, you don’t want to pass up Johannes Kepler. His mother was considered by the neighbors to be a witch. They tried to burn her at the stake at one point. She also sold drugs in Wurtemberg. It didn’t help her case that Johannas was busy writing science fiction; “Somnium” a story about an imagined journey to the moon. In any case, he returned to the village and took up her legal defense. He managed to save her life. She was nevertheless convicted, but offered exile with her promise never to return. If she returned, it was death. Well, when Johannas got big enough to stop brewing magic potions for mama, he married the little rich girl from down the road. He really liked her. He said that she was “fat, stupid, simple minded, sulking, lonely, and melancholy”. He felt that not only was she stingy and critical, but uncooperative and distant. I wonder if her “uncooperative-ness and distance” had anything to do with the fact that little Johannas didn’t like taking a bath. He only took one bath in his life. It gave him the flu or something, he claimed. If that wasn’t enough to turn off little Barbara Muehleek, his new bride, maybe it was the scabs that he had growing here and there. I really don’t think that the worms that he had growing in his hands and fingers could have really bothered her that much, do you? About the time of the Thirty Years War he was living in Graz when the Catholics took over and announced that all Protestants had to go. Johannas packed up the wife and kids (wow!) and headed for Prague. Kepler was really a follower of the Greek mystic, Pythagoras. He believed in the “harmony” of the universe and that the planets sang, or made music. Kepler actually figured out what song they were playing. Saturn corresponded to a major third, Jupiter to a minor third, Mars to a fifth and so on. I think that the actual song they played was “Just Another Love Song”, by the Beatles. He was also an expert in astrology. He probably picked that up from mom, the witch, along with numerology and palm reading. In any case, he picked up a few extra bucks selling horoscopes to the rich and the stupid when things got tough for Protestants with scabs and worms in their fingers. Bertrand Russell said that, “Kepler is one of the most notable examples of what can be achieved by patience without much in the way of genius.” Kepler was offered a job at the castle by the super wealthy Tycho Brahe and had a hell of a time. But finally Tycho died and left Kepler all of his astronomical research. Kepler was appointed to Tycho’s position but at considerably less pay. Kepler believed that there were men on the moon who had constructed the “craters”. He was interested in what caused the motion of the planets and decided on magnetism as opposed to the ancient “soul” theory. He was ahead of his time in comparing the universe to clockworks. He claimed that geometry was the language of God and devised three rules or laws for the universe. Planets moved in ellipses. They swept out equal areas in equal times. And the squares of their periods (times to complete one orbit) were equal to the cubes of their average distances from the sun. Kepler fans claim that Newton really got his gravity idea from Kepler.
Books by Richard Edward Noble. Click on covers below for more info and purchasing instructions.
Classic Tragic Novel
Don't Laugh - This Could Have Been Your Life
Funny stories and some strange characters.
Monkey Dishes and Cocktail Fawks
My Harrowing days in the restaurant business. Great Read.
It's a Long Story
Long Short Fiction - Great stories!
Bloggin' Be My Life
"Bloggin' be My Life" contains a selection of some of my more popular Hobo Philosopher blogs.If you enjoy reading this blog, you should love Bloggin' Be My Life.
It's All About Love
It's All About Love is ... all about love. This is the 2nd book of poetry from The Bard From Chelmsford off Arlington. Every poem in this book comes with a prose introduction. If you enjoy poetry this is a simple choice. Have fun!
A Little Something
Traditional poetry from The Bard From Chelmsford Off Arlington with some poignant prose introductions. If you enjoy any type of poetry, you will enjoy this volume. Thanks.
Talking To Myself
This is my third book of poetry.
Bits and Pieces
The Hobo Philosopher - My first book using the Hobo Philosopher brand. Featuring a variety of writing styles and ideas. Look for the Thoughtful Hobo on the cover.
A Baker's Dozen
The Hobo Philosopher: My Second book of Fiction, Creative Non-Fiction and Short Stories. All varieties of short stories - lots of laughs!
Cat Point - and Them Dang Oyster People
Cat Point is the sequel to "The Eastpointer." Both books contain humorous tales about life in a fishing community on the Florida Panhandle. Lots of laughs.
Won 1st Place award for humor in 2007 from Florida Press Association. More wit, wisdom and humor from the yet to be world famous author, R.E. Noble
A Summer with Charlie - Lawrence
Fiction - Salisbury Beach, Lawrence, Mass. Featured in Merrimack Valley Magazine July /Aug. issue 2010
Travel, Humor, Commentary on migrant farm work and illegal immigration still very pertinent today.
"Just Hangin' Out Ma"
Thank God for the Street Corners of Lawrence, Mass. Anecdotes and humorous escapades about growing up in an industrial mill town in the 40s,50s and 60s.
This is the sequel to "Just Hangin' Out, Ma"
That Old Gang of Mine
This is # 3 in my Lawrence Hometown series. The series is about growing up in the 40's, 50's and 60's in an industrial mill town. Sorta like a Huck Finn goes to vist Uncle Ralph, the bus driver, who lives in a big, rundown city. Lots of fun.
Come On-A My House
This is # 4 in my Lawrence Hometown series.The old homested at 32 Chelmsford ST is pictured on the cover..
Down By The Old Mill Stream
# 5 in the Lawrence My Hometown series.
Standing on the Corner is # 6 in the lawrence My Hometown series.
The old Howard Playstead on Lawrence St.
Eat, Drink and Be Merry
# 7 in the Lawrence my Hometown series.
Honor Thy Father and Thy Mother
Classic tragic novel written from child's perspective. Deals with abuse, poverty, unemployment. Pulls no punches.
Noble Notes on Famous Folks
Humorous, satirical notes on everybody from Constantine to Bill Clinton. Inspiration: Willy Cuppy.
America on Strike
History - documented survey of labor strikes in America
Mein Kampf - An Analysis of Book One
Who are the American Nazis - the Liberals or the Conservatives?
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