On Tychos Island: Tycho Brahe and his Assistants, 1570-1601 by John Robert ChristiansonOn Tychos Island: Tycho Brahe and his Assistants, 1570-1601 by John Robert Christianson

On Tychos Island: Tycho Brahe and his Assistants, 1570-1601

byJohn Robert Christianson

Paperback | February 5, 2009

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A Platonic philosopher, Paracelsian chemist, Ovidian poet, and devoted family man, Tycho Brahe was the last Renaissance man and the first great organizer of modern science. This book provides the fullest portrait available of the research and cultural interests of the man who became the premier patron-practitioner of science in sixteenth-century Europe. Starting from Brahe's well reputed role of astronomer, author Christianson adds lesser known details of the man who was both a geodetic surveyor as well as a garden designer, and ultimately established a new role of scientist as administrator, active reformer, and natural philosopher. Coverage reveals how 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. Through their teamwork, they achieved breakthroughs in astronomy, scientific method, and research organization that were essential to the birth of modern science. Also included are over 100 capsule biographies of Tycho's clients, coworkers, and friends, including Johannes Kepler, Willebrord Snel, Willem Blaeu, several bishops, and numerous technical specialists all of whom helped shape the culture of the Scientific Revolution. This pioneering exposition will appeal to science history buffs, especially those with an interest in the late Renaissance and will inspire anyone who has a passion for science and a penchant for the world of ideas. John Robert Christianson received his Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota. He was dubbed Knight of the Royal Norwegian Order of Merit by King Harald II in 1995.
Title:On Tychos Island: Tycho Brahe and his Assistants, 1570-1601Format:PaperbackDimensions:464 pages, 9.02 × 5.98 × 1.02 inPublished:February 5, 2009Publisher:Cambridge University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0521101069

ISBN - 13:9780521101066


Table of Contents

Preface; Part I. On Tycho's Island: Introduction; 1. In King Frederick's service (1575-1576); 2. Junker and peasants (1576-1581); 3. Among friends (1570-1576); 4. Founding the familia (1576-1584); 5. Breakthrough (1584-1587); 6. The problem of continuity (1580-1591); 7. The school of Europe (1591-1593); 8. Magdalene and calumny (1593-1597); 9. The Tempest (1597); 10. Epilogue: in search of Maecenas (1597-1601); 11. Legacy; Part II. Tycho Brahe's coworkers: Bibliography; Index.

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"...well-written and great fun to read." Annals of Science