But that inborn instinct in man which makes his soul resonate to music, provides him with a clue to the nature of the mathematical harmonies which are at its source. The Pythagoreans had discovered that the octave originates in the ratio 1: But they went wrong, says Kepler, when they sought for an explanation of this marvellous fact in occult number-lore.
The explanation why the ratio 3: It's clear, I think, that what drove Kepler on through years and years of immensely tedious work — endless calculations of spherical geometry without even logarithms to help him — was the belief that there would be a harmony revealed, a single chord that might summon the whole universe to order and to resolve its horror. Without it, he would never have persevered, and never have discovered the three laws which bear his name. But the laws, as we would now understand them, are buried in the beauty.
What Kepler thought he had really found was something even more remarkable: Saturn, for instance, when farthest away from the sun, in its aphelion, moves at the rate of seconds arc per day; when closest to the sun, and its speed is at maximum, at seconds arc per day. The ratio between the two extreme velocities is to , which only differs by two seconds from 4: The extreme values yield in fact the intervals of the complete scale. Lastly, if several planets are simultaneously at the extreme points of their respective orbits, the result is a motet where Saturn and Jupiter represent the bass, Mars the tenor, Earth and Venus the contralto, Mercury the soprano.
I have no idea whether anyone has tried to write music based around this discovery; and I assume, though I have not checked it, that the subsequent discoveries of Uranus and Neptune as well as the discovery, and then the undiscovery of Pluto would introduce some horrible noise to the concert. But it was absolutely true as far as it went, and for Kepler the musical aspect was as true as the mathhematical one.
Neither was a more profound description of reality, though both, of course, were deeper and truer than the world as it presents itself to our gross senses. This isn't a claim that all scientists are fired by a passion for God, or by imagination. Of course they are all animated by their imaginations: The dream of a world containing only facts is itself an imaginative construct. But to say this is to deny that there is a single imaginative temperament, or that imaginative people will come to see the world the same way. And it's manifestly not true that all scientists care for God; in fact I think the discovery of DNA was at least partly a consequence of Francis Crick's ferocious atheism.
He has been kind enough to share his knowledge and mentor me along my own journey to self-publishing. Yet, from a certain point of view, I have watched him grow as an author. That said, this book, his fourth, is his best work so far! How do I know this? But enough about me I think this is why I had such a hard time putting it down, and Chase doesn't disappoint.www.comfortlearning.com/includes/online/3025.php
The Music of the Spheres; Music, Science, and the Natural Order of the Universe
He's getting really good at this. I would love to meet them all in real life because they are so special. There's father to son and daughter, brother to sister, best friend to best friend, Adam to the Mattson family, Adam to Emma. Feb 05, Elizabeth rated it it was amazing. Well first of all this book completely wrecked me. This is the 3rd 5 star book I have read by this author and this one exceeded all my expectations even though I knew it would be good going in.
Put simply this is just a beautiful story. It's an astonishing peek into the mind of a young man detailing his life to us centering around a friendship that starts in high school. The story is told completely from Ryan's POV, which in my opinion is an excellent choice by the writer. As I read this story I Well first of all this book completely wrecked me.
As I read this story I felt completely at one with Ryan and what he was feeling. This is why I read books I want to feel, and boy did this book do that. Ryan has experienced tragedy but has a very close family father and sister Emma, what a treat she is. Adam comes into to his life randomly because they are paired for an assignment in class. Adam has foster parents that he barely has a relationship with.
They are different with different backgrounds but they fit together perfectly. Their friendship is effortless, strong, and unconditional. The closeness they share builds through years of being there for each other. The story is told so realistically that you literally get caught up in everything that is going on.
I believed every single word. This is a slow burn, very slooowwwwllllyyyy burning taking years to get where they eventually end up. This book was all about the journey. Life throws Ryan and emotional shit parade but Adam is the constant driving force in his life and together they make it. I laughed, cried, and rejoiced, this was an excellent read for me I highly recommend it.
Jan 17, Brian rated it it was amazing Shelves: It's been a long time since I had to stop reading a book, get up, walk around, and calm myself down. That may sound like a negative opening to this review of Chase Potter's The Music of the Spheres , but it's anything but that. Rather, this novel is so powerful and extraordinarily moving that I was simply overwhelmed and needed to collect myself before continuing my read.
In his three previous books, Potter created characters who I enjoyed, who I cared about, and who I wanted to learn even more ab It's been a long time since I had to stop reading a book, get up, walk around, and calm myself down. In his three previous books, Potter created characters who I enjoyed, who I cared about, and who I wanted to learn even more about than I could between the covers of a paperback novel. But in Music , he presents us with people who almost jump off the page, people I couldn't help but love almost immediately.
This one is so special and so worth reading that I won't even go into the characters, their dynamics, or the story itself. Read the blurb, then read the book, and I'm sure you'll come to the same conclusion I did -- The Music of the Spheres is Chase Potter's best book to date. I can't wait to see what he has in store for us next. I wish there were more books like this.
Even though the story itself is not completely new, the characters as well as the perfect style of the book are. I was not able to put this amazing book down. Chase Potter is an extremely talented writer so I'm already excited for his next book. I did not receive a free copy for this review. Mar 17, Ben rated it it was amazing. This was my first book by Chase Potter but it won't be my last. Solid writing, lots of heart, and endearing characters. Jan 17, Lena Grey rated it it was amazing. Ryan has three things that are most important to him—football, books, and his sister and father.
Ryan's family is extremely close; but his mother's death left a gaping hole, one it seems no one else would be able to close, until Adam comes along. Ryan and Adam, another classmate, are assigned a school project together. At first, they are unsure of each other, but as time goes on, they discover that there is a phenomenal harmony between them. Although Adam is last person Ryan would ever have suspected would do so, Adam insinuates himself into their lives and becomes part of the family.
Although Ryan is exceptionally popular in high school, he has very few close friends. Except for his sister and his dad, Ryan keeps his emotional investment in people to a minimum. Ryan likes to stick to what he knows rather than be adventurous. Ryan wants to know the outcome of something before he attempts it. When he is paired with Adam, Ryan intends to follow the same pattern he always has; interact with Adam as little as possible, get through the assignment, then go back to his mostly solitary, predictable existence.
In Adam's case, Ryan is not able to do so. He's inexplicably drawn to Adam and can't explain why, even to himself. All he knows is that it feels good to be around Adam and so he spends as much time with him as he can. Ryan has moments of wondering if two guys should act and feel the way they do, but quickly pushes them out of the way. Ryan has so many emotions locked inside; it's difficult for him to express the way he feels. He reminds me of the old saying: Unlike Ryan, Adam has a sense of what their relationship could be. He knows that it's more than a friendship because he is able to accept the way he feels about Ryan.
Adam also knows that if he says too much, or pushes too hard in that direction, Ryan will not be able to handle it. Adam shows incredible patience and understanding, especially for a person so young; but considering that his childhood forced him to grow up much faster than he should have, it isn't surprising. He's a survivor and is determined to survive this too. Unlike Ryan, Adam picks up every clue Ryan gives him and tries to act accordingly. Adam isn't a saint though.
At times, he puts space between them because they both need it, but he always perseveres. Adam is Ryan's touchstone. He is there, if he possibly can be, whenever Ryan needs him. Adam even takes Ryan's place when Ryan doesn't have the strength or the energy to do something himself.
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Adam is waiting for Ryan's epiphany to come, determined to be ready for Ryan when he realizes that he and Adam love each other in a way that goes far beyond friendship and that they are meant to be together. Adam doesn't know how long it will take, but he is confident that it will happen and, when it does, he will be there waiting with arms open wide. Even though this is technically a friends-to-lovers story, it doesn't have the same feel.
Adam and Ryan take a long time getting together, but the process is far less angsty than in most books. There's no rush to get where they are going because in many ways they are already there. Instead of having to build trust and loyalty between them, like other couples, it's been in existence almost from the beginning.
If you like stories about friendship, soulmates, families, overcoming grief, and unconditional love, you may enjoy this book. Thanks so much, Chase, for Ryan and Adam - who I am convinced, like Pythagoras, can also hear the music of the spheres. This book was provided by the author for the purpose of a review on Rainbow Book Reviews. Feb 07, Racheal rated it it was ok Shelves: I adored the first half of this book; I love that there's no instalove and I love the intimacy that forms between the main characters. The storyline with the sister also got me right in the feels.
BUT I have to rate this down severely for how ultimately unsatisfying I found the resolution to be. I was able to see how he could be in denial about the nature of the I adored the first half of this book; I love that there's no instalove and I love the intimacy that forms between the main characters. I was able to see how he could be in denial about the nature of their relationship for the first couple of years, even, but there is just a point here where the cognitive dissonance is TOO MUCH.
And when they view spoiler [ move in together The way they get together is way too drawn out after a certain point. When they eventually do get together, I felt it was hugely lacking in emotional punch. I kept thinking "Oh man, when they finally confess their love it's going to be amazeballs". But what do we get? And then the aforementioned random, thrown together moving in with each other, AGAIN with a n un healthy amount of not-talking and denial. I know he had a really awful childhood that informs some of this behavior, but still The sex was super unsatisfying.
There was so much talking about it without actually describing it. I don't know how else to describe it; it was weird. It might has well have been off page Overall, 2 stars may be harsh but I have to go with how much I enjoyed it, and every time I think about this book I think of how unsatisfying and disappointing it ultimately was. Obviously many people wouldn't agree with me, though! A heartfelt love story This is one of the most loving and heartfelt stories I've had the pleasure of reading.
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Chase Potter has written a memorable and engrossing novel of two young men whose friendship grows ever closer and stronger through the years. This is a truly wonderful novel I highly recommend and believe will stay in the hearts and mind of everyone who reads it.
Feb 10, Morgan Skye rated it it was amazing Shelves: A class project brings him into orbit with Adam and though the two are seeming opposites, they strike up a ready friendship. The writing is evocative. The tone is both somber and hopeful with laughter, too.
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