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On Tycho's Island

On Tycho's Island
Tycho Brahe, Science, and Culture in the Sixteenth Century


  • Date Published: November 2002
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521008846

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  • Tycho Brahe (1546–1601), the premier patron-practitioner of science in sixteenth-century Europe, established a new role of scientist as administrator, active reformer, and natural philosopher. This book explores Brahe's wide range of activities which encompass much more than his reputed role of astronomer, portraying Brahe as Platonic philosopher, Paracelsian chemist, Ovidian poet, and devoted family man. From his private island in Denmark, Brahe used patronage, printing, friendship, and marriage to incorporate men and women skilled in science, technology, and the fine arts into his program of cosmic reform. This pioneering study includes capsule biographies of over a hundred men and women, including Johannes Kepler, Willebrord Snel, Willem Blaeu, several bishops and numerous technical specialists all of whom helped shape the culture of the Scientific Revolution. Under Tycho Brahe's leadership, their teamwork achieved breakthroughs in astronomy, scientific method, and research organization that were essential to the birth of modern science.

    • Deep cultural context of early modern science including the contributions of art, architecture, poetry, printing, and public relations to science
    • Biographies of over 100 men and women who worked with Tycho Brahe
    • Assesses the breakthroughs they achieved in astronomy, scientific method, and research organization that were essential to the birth of modern science
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    Product details

    • Date Published: November 2002
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521008846
    • length: 374 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 153 x 26 mm
    • weight: 0.508kg
    • contains: 72 b/w illus. 4 maps
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Part I. On Tycho's Island: Introduction
    1. In King Frederick's service, 1575–6
    2. Junker and peasants, 1576–81
    3. Among friends, 1570–6
    4. Founding the familia, 1576–84
    5. Breakthrough, 1584–7
    6. The problem of continuity, 1580–91
    7. The school of Europe, 1591–3
    8. Magdalene and Calumny, 1593–7
    9. The tempest, 1597
    10. Epilogue: in search of Maecenas, 1597–9
    11. Legacy
    Part II. Tycho Brahe's Coworkers: Bibliographical directory
    Glossary of technical terms.

  • Author

    John Robert Christianson, Luther College, Iowa

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