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Johannes Kepler was a great mathematician known for his significant contributions to astronomy and physics during the 17th century. He is best known for his work on planetary motion and is famous for formulating the laws of planetary motion, now known as Kepler's laws.

One of Kepler's most famous contributions is his first law of planetary motion, which states that planets move in elliptical orbits around the Sun. This was a groundbreaking discovery at the time, as it contradicted the prevailing belief that planets moved in perfect circles.

Kepler's second law of planetary motion states that a line segment joining a planet and the Sun sweeps out equal areas during equal intervals of time. This law helped to explain how planets move at different speeds throughout their orbits.

Lastly, Kepler's third law of planetary motion relates the orbital period of a planet to its distance from the Sun. This law mathematically describes the relationship between the time it takes for a planet to orbit the Sun and its average distance from the Sun.

These laws laid the foundation for Isaac Newton's laws of universal gravitation and had a profound impact on the development of modern physics and astronomy. Kepler's work continues to be studied and revered by students and scholars alike, highlighting his lasting legacy as a brilliant mathematician and scientist.

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