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Bart Bisscheroux

In this Keple's Table, the three laws of Kepler are depicted, which describe the orbital motion of the planets around the sun. Kepler was a famous astronomer from the 17th century, who, based on empirical observations, was one of the first to formulate a theory about the motion of celestial bodies. After 30 years of observing the orbits of Venus and Mars, he was convinced that they must be elliptical, a fact that contradicted the beliefs of the church. Unlike Galileo, he was able to publish his views through a more tactful approach. With this, he laid an important foundation for modern empirical science. Kepler discovered that there is a geometric relationship between the size of the orbit and the orbital period of the planet, which is valid for any system of two objects connected by gravity. This is depicted in this table in the pattern with which the veneer of the top is made. The table measures 187 x 127 x 75 cm, has a rosewood top, and a base built up from thin layers of American walnut. With this project (2002), my profession definitively shifted from astronomer to furniture maker.

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