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Tycho Brahe and the Measure of the Heavens

John Robert Christianson

Tycho Brahe and the Measure of the Heavens

John Robert Christianson

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272 pages | 59 color plates, 39 halftones | 5 1/2 x 8 1/2
Cloth $22.50 ISBN: 9781789142341 Published August 2020 For sale in North and South America only
E-book $22.50 ISBN: 9781789142716 Published March 2020 For sale in North and South America only
The Danish aristocrat and astronomer Tycho Brahe personified the inventive vitality of Renaissance life in the sixteenth century. Brahe lost his nose in a student duel, wrote Latin poetry, and built one of the most astonishing villas of the late Renaissance, while virtually inventing team research and establishing the fundamental rules of empirical science. His observatory at Uraniborg functioned as a satellite to Hamlet’s castle of Kronborg until Tycho abandoned it to end his days at the court of the Holy Roman Emperor Rudolf II in Prague. This illustrated biography presents a new and dynamic view of Tycho’s life, reassessing his gradual separation of astrology from astronomy and his key relationships with Johannes Kepler, his sister Sophie, and his kinsmen at the court of King Frederick II.
Contents
Preface: Denmark and the Renaissance 1 Birthright Challenged, 1546–70 2 Cloister into Observatory: The New Star, 1570–73 3 Finding a New Life, 1573–6 4 Treasures of the Sea King: Kronborg and Uraniborg, 1576–82 5 Star Castle: Going Down to See Up, 1582–8 6 On the Move, 1588–99 7 The Emperor’s Astrologer and His Legacy, 1599–1687 References Further Reading Acknowledgements Photo Acknowledgements Index
Review Quotes
Simon Schaffer, Professor of History of Science, University of Cambridge
“This fascinating and rich biography successfully explains the aims of Tycho’s startling and ambitious enterprise, to rebuild the sciences of heaven and earth in a new vision of organized inquiry and the accumulation of nature’s treasures. With gripping detail and brilliant illustrations, this book will be essential reading for anyone interested in the cosmos and culture of early modernity.”
Peter Barker, Professor of the History of Science, University of Oklahoma
"The preeminent authority in the English-speaking world, Christianson retells the story of Tycho Brahe with scholarly precision but with a lucid style and many well chosen illustrations. Tycho and his circle emerge vividly, his new instruments and his new ways of using them beginning as a Humanist ‘return to the sources,' only to became something else—a way of doing science that put carefully checked observations ahead of theory. All this, as well as the fake nose and the elk that fell down the stairs. This is now the best single volume introduction to Tycho and his times, in English."
Philip Mansel, author of "King of the World: The Life of Louis XIV"
"A reminder, both timely and readable, by the leading expert on Tycho Brahe, of the vital role of the courts of Denmark, and of the Emperor Rudolf II in Prague, in the modernization of European science around 1600."
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