Painting - Law of Orbiting Velocities

This creation, similar to works #22 (1979.1093.16) and #76 (1979.1093.50), is a further example of Crockett Johnson's work relating to Kepler's first two laws of planetary motion. The ellipse represents the path of a planet and the white sections represent equal areas swept out in equal times. This work is a silk screen on paper. It is number 99 in the series, and is signed in the right corner: Crockett Johnson (/) 67. It draws on a figure from The World of Mathematics by James R. Newman.
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Object Name
date made
Kepler, Johannes
Johnson, Crockett
Physical Description
cardboard (substrate material)
wood (frame material)
overall: 53.3 cm x 63.5 cm x 3.5 cm; 21 in x 25 in x 1 3/8 in
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catalog number
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Medicine and Science: Mathematics
Science & Mathematics
Crockett Johnson
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Credit Line
Ruth Krauss in memory of Crockett Johnson
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