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Heavenly intrigue : Johannes Kepler, Tycho Brahe, and the murder behind one of history's greatest scientific discoveries

Author: Joshua Gilder; Anne-Lee Gilder
Publisher: New York : Doubleday, 2004.
Edition/Format:   Book : Biography : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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"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 hadn't been for the now lesser-known Tycho  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
Named Person: Tycho Brahe; Johannes Kepler; Tycho Brahe; Johannes Kepler; Johannes Kepler; Abraham Nilsson Brahe
Material Type: Biography, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Joshua Gilder; Anne-Lee Gilder
ISBN: 0385508441 9780385508445
OCLC Number: 53469663
Description: xii, 304 p. : ill., maps ; 22 cm.
Contents: The funeral --
A transcript of anguish --
Expulsion --
Mapping heaven --
The alchemist --
The exploding star --
An island of his own --
The tychonic system of the world --
Exile --
The secret of the universe --
Marriage --
The Ursus affair --
Imperial mathematician --
Intolerance --
Confrontation in Prague --
Bad faith --
Tycho and Rudolf --
The Mästlin affair --
The pot boils --
The death of Tycho Brahe --
In the crypt --
Revealing symptoms --
Thirteen hours --
The elixir --
The motive and the means --
Theft --
The three laws.
Responsibility: Joshua Gilder and Anne-Lee Gilder.
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"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 hadn't been for the now lesser-known Tycho Brahe, the man for whom Kepler apprenticed, Kepler would be a mere footnote in today's 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 observations - an unparalleled treasure of empirical data - contained the key to Kepler's historic breakthrough. But those observations would become available to Kepler only after Brahe's death. This 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."--BOOK JACKET.

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