4977 B.C. - Universe is Created, according to Kepler.
"On this day in 4977 B.C., the universe is created, according to German mathematician and astronomer Johannes Kepler, considered a founder of modern science. Kepler is best known for his theories explaining the motion of planets."
Unfortunately, the History Channel chooses to make fun of this in the video above and claims that Kepler is off by about 13.7 billion years. Kepler was a brilliant mathematician and astronomer, but when it comes to his research on creation, the History Channel chooses to dismiss Kepler in favor of the Big Bang hypothesis, which scientists today are backing away from.
"Kepler was born on December 27, 1571, in Weil der Stadt, Germany. As a university student, he studied the Polish astronomer Nicolaus Copernicus' theories of planetary ordering. Copernicus (1473-1543) believed that the sun, not the earth, was the center of the solar system, a theory that contradicted the prevailing view of the era that the sun revolved around the earth.
In 1600, Kepler went to Prague to work for Danish astronomer Tycho Brahe, the imperial mathematician to Rudolf II, emperor of the Holy Roman Empire. Kepler's main project was to investigate the orbit of Mars. When Brahe died the following year, Kepler took over his job and inherited Brahe's extensive collection of astronomy data, which had been painstakingly observed by the naked eye. Over the next decade, Kepler learned about the work of Italian physicist and astronomer Galileo Galilei (1564-1642), who had invented a telescope with which he discovered lunar mountains and craters, the largest four satellites of Jupiter and the phases of Venus, among other things. Kepler corresponded with Galileo and eventually obtained a telescope of his own and improved upon the design. In 1609, Kepler published the first two of his three laws of planetary motion, which held that planets move around the sun in ellipses, not circles (as had been widely believed up to that time), and that planets speed up as they approach the sun and slow down as they move away. In 1619, he produced his third law, which used mathematic principles to relate the time a planet takes to orbit the sun to the average distance of the planet from the sun.
Kepler's research was slow to gain widespread traction during his lifetime, but it later served as a key influence on the English mathematician Sir Isaac Newton (1643-1727) and his law of gravitational force. Additionally, Kepler did important work in the fields of optics, including demonstrating how the human eye works, and math. He died on November 15, 1630, in Regensberg, Germany." - www.history.com/this-day-in-history/universe-is-created-according-to-kepler (April 27, 2012)
1791 - The Birthday of Samuel Morse.
Samuel Morse was the inventor of the telegraph. Of course, we should thank God for the telegram. How easy it is today to communicate with people around the world. May we not let this day pass without thanking God for this means of communication.
1822 - U. S. Grant was Born.
Of course, he was President of our nation, but more than that, he was a great general. We are so prone to remember our servicemen but forget those generals that have authority over them. The decisions of these men affect the lives of our boys. Pray today for God's blessings upon the generals, commanding officers, and the military leaders who have much weight on their shoulders.
1882 - Ralph Waldo Emerson Died.
Yes, we all must die. One of the most interesting portions of Scripture is the early part of Genesis where Lamech, Methuselah, Adam, Seth, and others are listed. They lived to be seven hundred, eight hundred, nine hundred years old, but the concluding statement about each one is "And he died." Yes, we must die. We only have one life to live. As someone has said, "Only one life, twill soon be past. Only what's done for Christ will last." May we redeem the time and use our fleeting moments wisely in the service of the Lord Jesus Christ.