On Tycho's Island: Tycho Brahe and His Assistants, 1570-1601

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Cambridge University Press, 2000 - 451 Seiten
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.
 

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ON TYCHO'S ISLAND: Tycho Brahe and His Assistants, 1570-1601

Nutzerbericht  - Kirkus

We think of Big Science, with heavy government support and huge teams working on long-term projects, as typically modern, but Danish astronomer Tycho Brahe was thinking big in the late 16th century ... Vollständige Rezension lesen

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Excellent , as much for the social and political history as the scientific Vollständige Rezension lesen

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Inhalt

In King Fredericks Service 15751576
7
Junker and Peasants 15761581
28
Among Friends 15701576
44
Founding the Familia 15761584
58
Breakthrough 15841587
83
The Problem of Continuity 15801591
125
The School of Europe 15911593
150
Magdalene and Calumny 15931597
171
Epilogue In Search of Maecenas 15971599
207
Legacy
237
TYCHO BRAKES COWORKERS
249
Biographical Directory
251
Glossary of Technical Terms
383
Notes
387
References
417
Index
441

The Tempest 1597
195

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