Confronted with problems in animating the true process of economy, Lyndon LaRouche began what he called the “Basement” project in 2006, with the goal of animating the most crucial aspect of economics: the process of discovery which has created the technologies that have transformed human civilization over the generations. The first phase of the project was a working-through of Johannes Kepler’s Astronomia Nova, his New Astronomy, by a team of researchers tasked with making clear how Kepler had made his discovery. It was an economic project, but not in the usual sense. The purpose was to model or animate not a physical aspect of economic production, but rather the mental process that creates economics in the first place.
That team produced an animated website designed to aid those working through Kepler’s book, a website to accompany group work-throughs of Kepler’s mental process. The website you see here is being created to supplement and replace the older website, primarily by making Kepler accessible directly through this site, without requiring a copy of his Astronomia Nova. Here, you will find: his demonstration that his predecessors, Ptolemy, Copernicus, and Tycho Brahe had all created mathematically equivalent models; the proof that the mathematical underpinnings of those models prevented them from ever accurately describing the motion of Mars; the rejection of the “vicarious hypothesis” &emdash; the best possible mathematical model of Mars’s motion &emdash; which forced the need of founding astronomy upon physics, rather than mathematics; and the beginnings of his application of a physical theory of gravitation to what he determined to be the elliptical motions of the planets.
This wonderful journey of discovery, in which we stand shoulder-to-shoulder with Kepler as he takes on his opponent Mars, should be part of the basic secondary school curriculum. In the hopes that it soon shall be so, and recognizing the urgent necessity of providing the general population a source upon which to build their own internal history of scientific discovery, we present this website.