Carnegie Mellon University

Music of the Spheres

Exhibit by Posner Center intern, Eric J. Goldman
Fall 2004

The exhibit examined the historical precedents and modern-day applications of Kepler's ideas in Harmonices Mundi (Harmony of the World, 1619), which discusses the integral role of music in celestial movement, using geometry, astronomy and astrology. The exhibit showcased original editions by Euclid, Ptolemy, and Shakespeare, along with jazz great John Coltrane and composer Paul Hindemith.

Johannes Kepler portraitHarmonices Mundi title page

Images: NASA, Posner Memorial Collection