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

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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 ...more
Hardcover, 464 pages
Published December 13th 1999 by Cambridge University Press
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notgettingenough
Jul 25, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: sociology
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.
Gary Braham
Jun 13, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Leanne
Jan 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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
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Nov 28, 2016 rated it really liked it
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.
Mark
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.
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Interesting survey of an important place and time, but badly marred by the author's blatant favoritism towards his subject.
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