I thank You, my Creator, that You have given me joys in Your creation and ecstasy over the work of Your hands.
I have known the glory of Your works as far as my finite spirit was able to comprehend Your infinity.
If have said anything wholly unworthy of You, or have aspired after my own glory, graciously forgive me.
Johannes Kepler (1571-1630) was a German mathemetician and astronomer whose observations about planetary motion changed astronomy and physics. He was motivated by a conviction that God created the world according to an intelligible plan and that this plan could be understood through reason. He developed the three laws of planetary motion and was the first astronomer openly to defend the views of Copernicus.