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Five and a half stars for this biography of Tycho Brahe! 16 April 2009
By D. Fowler - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Library Binding
At the age of twenty-five, Tycho Brahe was not yet certain of which path he would take in his life. He was leaning toward alchemy, but his real passion lay with astronomy. He was born in 1546 with a silver spoon in his mouth as they say. His life by all accounts was unusual and he was later considered to be quite eccentric. When he was two years old, his uncle Jorgen Brahe came to visit and when he left he took Tycho with him. His parents allowed the kidnaping and he began his life of privilege.

He was a feisty, intelligent young man. His nose was severed in a duel, but that didn't affect his eyesight or his vision. The nose was replaced with fake metal ones, copper for regular use, gold and other precious metals for more formal situations. Tycho's eyesight remained unaffected and he kept looking at the skies. He kept noticing that mystery star in the constellation, Cassiopeia. Astronomy it would be. Eventually he had an entire island and a castle he named Uraniborg at his disposal for research and to support his lavish lifestyle. Tycho's "cosmic model contradicted that of the old worldview." He would go on to map the stars!

This book would be at the upper reaches of the juvenile reader and perhaps should be listed in the young adult category. I loved this book and was utterly fascinated by the story and the writing style. There are very informative sidebars, a time line that includes Brahe's life and current world events, his life at a glance, a glossary, and additional book and internet resources. This book is one of many in the Signature Lives series. Five and a half stars for this one!
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Star vision 16 Mar 2012
By Shorn Pen - Published on Amazon.com
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Some of us consider Brahe to be one of the most important enablers of modern science. His meticulous work in astronomy laid the basis for Kepler's Laws of Planetary Motion. In turn, it may be argued that Kepler's laws were an essential precursor to Newton's Law of Universal Gravitation. This outstanding little book gives a highly digestible and entertaining insight into this great Dane.
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