Johannes Kepler’s Boarding School

theScinder is currently doing a world tour of sorts. Normally bound to North America, I am now in Europe and will be visiting several points of interest to science history and future. Last weekend theScinder toured the Kloster at Maulbronn, Germany. A historic monastery, UNESCO world heritage site, and the location of Johannes Kepler’s seminary school.

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You have heard of Kepler’s laws of planetary motion if you have taken an introductory physics course, but his education here was steeped in religion, and religion played a prominent role in his scientific work.

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Impressive lighting effects in the church.

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I brought a manual perspective control lens on the tour, and found an opportunity to demo parallel-line correction. There is an interesting trade-off between correcting your earth-bound perspective by shifting the lens and introducing off-axis aberrations. The lower photo of this stained glass window is more corrected for perspective (notice the lines of the framing) but blurry. The optimal conditions for a maximum degree of perspective shift may be a good question for Ernst Abbe’s column.
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Maulbronn sunset over the Kloster.

Next week theScinder visits the University of Glasgow, alma mater of William Thomson, namesake of the most sensical units for temperature.

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