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On Tycho's Island


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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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This book explores Brahe's wide range of activities which encompass much more than his reputed role of astronomer.


'Nothing is more attractive to amateur and professional alike than scholarship lightly worn. Professor Christianson has written a charming book that illuminates the first great scientific research center of the modern era.' Michael Hoskin, Journal for the History of Astronomy 'Christianshon's On Tycho's Island is a perfect complement to Victor Thoren's Lord of Uraniborg. It fills in the courtly heritage and ambiance so important for understanding the noble Dane's idiosyncratic life. And the biographical notices of Tycho's many assistants and associates will become the standard, indispensable reference.' Owen Gingerich, Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics 'Christianson's engaging portrait of Tycho Brahe as an iconoclastic Danish nobleman and scientific entrepreneur provides a vibrant depiction of life at Uraniborg, Europe's first scientific research institute. His investigation of the many people of all classes who contributed to this enterprise reveals a richly textured web of connections among Tycho's assosiates and employees. On Tycho's Island is a first-rate contribution to Tychonic scholarship and a valuable study in the social history of early modern science.' James R. Voelkel, Johns Hopkins University 'The glory of Hven is told with admirable zest by Christianson.' The Sunday Telegraph 'Anyone with an interest in astronomy of the history of science will enjoy this tale, thanks to Christianson's lively style and thorough research.' Dan Falk, The Globe and Mail 'Christianson brings Uraniborg to life, in a way that has never been done quite so well before. And he has written what is a sourcebook twice over, for the final third of his text is given over to a biographical dictionary.' John North, Times Literary Supplement '... a valuable book in the scientist Tycho Brahe and his associates and coworkers. This book illuminates the rise of the new scientific ideas in Europe and the persons behind the ideas at the end of the sixteenth century and the beginning of the seventeenth century.' Scandinavian Economic History Review ' ... it is likely to be seen as an authoritative treatment by an acknowledged expert on this material. It certainly deserves to be.' Studies in History and Philosophy of Science

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