Kepler’s Triangle Goes into Production: The JKU Celebrates Its New Graduation Cap

A reason to celebrate: The new graduation caps debuted at the recent graduation ceremony.

Diakoniewerk reps present JKU Rector Meinhard Lukas with the graduation caps (4.f.l.)

Produced the Social Welfare Work of Upper Austria, the "Kepler-Triangle" graduation cap went into production. JKU Rector Meinhard Lukas is pleased and remarked, "The design is based on the triangle as described by Kepler, is strongly associated with our university and will be a lasting, unique selling point for the JKU. With the Social Welfare Work as our partner, we underscore our social responsibility."

Six people with disabilities made the unique university symbols for students in Gallneukirchen by hand. The design was created in cooperation with University of Art & Design Linz and the Johannes Kepler University Linz. In competition on Facebook with other graduation cap designs, this model prevailed over the other submitted designs.

The Laws and the Triangle
Johannes Kepler’s conviction that a good theory must be both useful and aesthetic led him to draft Kepler’s Laws in which he not only described the movement of planets in clear detail, but also much more elegantly than had even been expressed before. The perpendicularity of Kepler’s Triangle in turn refers to the Pythagoras theorem in which the side lengths refer to the golden ratio.