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Impossible? by Julian Havil

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Chapter 14

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THE BEST CHOICE

My advice to you is to get married. If you find a good wife, you’ll be happy; if not, you’ll become a philosopher.

Socrates

Natural Selection

The German mathematician and astronomer Johannes Kepler was married twice, once in 1597 to Barbara Muhleck and, after her death from cholera, to Susanna Reuttinger in 1613: the first marriage was arranged by friends and matchmakers, the second by Kepler himself, who had assessed eleven possible candidates. Since he pondered the relative merits of the individuals for nearly two years, weighing parental standing, dowry size and conflicting advice each against the other he must be ...

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