Kepler’s Mother, the Witch

In 1620 the famed astronomer Johannes Kepler put his research on hold, packed up his family, and moved from Austria to Germany to come to the aid of his 68-year-old mother.

Many scientists throughout history and present day have made similar maternal-inspired moves, yet not many have done so because their mother was accused of witchcraft. The aged Katharina Kepler was accused of shape-shifting into a cat, killing neighbors’ animals, poisoning a neighbor, and injuring a young girl. Johannes Kepler took control of his mother’s case and quickly got her released using powerful scientific witchcraft: rational reasoning.

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