Posted on 29 December 2016
Professor David Wootton joined Melvyn Bragg on the Radio 4 show 'In Our Time' to discuss the German astronomer Johannes Kepler (1571-1630).
Although he is overshadowed today by Isaac Newton and Galileo, Kepler is considered by many to be one of the greatest scientists in history. The three laws of planetary motion Kepler developed transformed people's understanding of the Solar System and laid the foundations for the revolutionary ideas Newton produced later. Kepler is also thought to have written one of the first works of science fiction.
If you missed the programme, you can listen again on BBC iplayer.
Professor Wooton was also recently shortlisted for prestigious Cundill Prize.