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Heavenly Intrigue: Johannes Kepler, Tycho Brahe, and the Murder Behind One of Historys Greatest Scientific Discoveries
Heavenly Intrigue: Johannes Kepler, Tycho Brahe, and the Murder Behind One of Historys Greatest Scientific Discoveries by Joshua Gilder, Anne-Lee Gilder 0385508441 9780385508445
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Heavenly Intrigue: Johannes Kepler, Tycho Brahe, and the Murder Behind One of Historys Greatest Scientific Discoveries by Joshua Gilder, Anne-Lee Gilder

A real-lifeAmadeus: Set against the backdrop of the Counter-Reformation, this is the story of the stormy collaboration between two revolutionary astronomers, Tycho Brahe and Johannes Kepler. That collaboration would mark the dawn of modern science . . . and end in murder. Johannes Kepler changed forever our understanding of the universe with his three laws of planetary motion. He demolished the ancient model of planets moving in circular orbits and laid the foundation for the universal law of gravitation, setting physics on the course of revelation it follows to this day. Kepler was one of the greatest astronomers of all time. Yet if it hadnt been for the now lesser-known Tycho Brahe, the man for whom Kepler apprenticed, Kepler would be a mere footnote in todays science books. Brahe was the Imperial Mathematician at the court of the Holy Roman Emperor in Prague and the most famous astronomer of his era. He was one of the first great systematic empirical scientists and one of the earliest founders of the modern scientific method. His forty years of planetary observationsan unparalleled treasure of empirical datacontained the key to Keplers historic breakthrough. But those observations would become available to Kepler only after Brahes death. This groundbreaking history portrays the turbulent collaboration between these two astronomers at the turn of the seventeenth century and their shattering discoveries that would mark the transition from medieval to modern science. But that is only half the story. Based on recent forensic evidence (analyzed here for the first time) and original research into medieval and Renaissance alchemyall buttressed by in-depth interviews with leading historians, scientists, and medical specialiststhe authors have put together shocking and compelling evidence that Tycho Brahe did not die of natural causes, as has been believed for four hundred years. He was systematically poisonedmost likely by his assistant, Johannes Kepler. An epic tale of murder and scientific discovery,Heavenly Intriguereveals the dark side of one of historys most brilliant minds and tells the story of court politics, personal intrigue, and superstition that surrounded the protean invention of two great astronomers and their quest to find truth and beauty in the heavens above.

Author: Joshua Gilder, Anne-Lee Gilder

Language: English

Edition: First Edition

Binding: Hardcover

Pages: 320

Publisher: Doubleday

Publication Date: 2004-05-18

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