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

On Tycho s Island Tycho Brahe and His Assistants 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 fulle

  • Title: On Tycho's Island: Tycho Brahe and His Assistants, 1570 1601
  • Author: John Robert Christianson
  • ISBN: 9780521650816
  • Page: 262
  • Format: Hardcover
  • 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 BraheA 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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    1. How would a 16th century Danish aristocrat set about creating Cern and how would it work, compared with the twenty-first century example down the road from where I write?Excellent social history of the period and place. Rigorously researched and documented.

    2. I like history, and I really like astronomy, and who doesn't love the Scandanavians? For a while I feared this would be some dusty old overly academic tribute to how clever the author was kind of a biography. It's not. The author sucessfully bridges the gap of cultures and 400 years that have passed since the days of Tycho and his island. I found myself captivated early on, when the first chapter of the book describes the patronage system of kingship and nobility of the time. Tycho was offered t [...]

    3. It is every astronomer's dream. To be granted your own island, you are given unlimited funds so to be able to design, build and run your own show. Tycho Brahe, one of the most fascinating and quirky characters in the history of astronomy found himself in just this ideal position.The island of Hven was in the middle of the Danish sound not far from the Elsinore, the stage of Hamlet's tragedy. A quiet island, Tycho was not only given the island, but he was put in charge of the people living there [...]

    4. I really appreciated the focus on the Hermetic tradition and its influence on what modern Minds would call objective science. During the Scientific Revolution, magical thinking and natural philosophy play just as big of a role if not a bigger role than historians are often willing to admit.

    5. I must have been in one of my "yes, esoteric science history would be really good right now" moods, but I could barely slog through the first 20 pages or so. Down for the count.

    6. Interesting survey of an important place and time, but badly marred by the author's blatant favoritism towards his subject.

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