Bearing the Heavens: Tycho Brahe and the Astronomical Community of the Late Sixteenth Century

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This book is a study of the astronomical culture of sixteenth-century Europe. It examines, in particular, the ways in which members of the nascent international astronomical community shared information, attracted patronage and respect for their work, and conducted their disputes. Particular attention is paid to the Danish astronomer Tycho Brahe (1546-1601), known for his observatory Uraniborg on the island of Hven, his operation of a printing press, and his development of a third world-system to rival those of Ptolemy and Copernicus. Adam Mosley examines the ways in which Tycho interacted with a Europe-wide network of scholars, looking not only at how he constructed his reputation through print, but also at his use of correspondence and the role that instruments played as vehicles for data and theories. The book will be of interest to historians of science, historians of the book, and historians of early modern culture in general.

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A study of the astronomical culture of sixteenth-century Europe, with a particular focus on the Danish astronomer Tycho Brahe (1546-1601). It examines the roles that manuscript letters, printed books, and astronomical instruments played in developing an international community of scholars interested in the study of the heavens.

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"Bearing the Heavensaccomplishes the difficult task of remaining narrow enough to be interesting, scholarly, and very thorough, yet broad enough to valuable for early modern scholars in just about every discipline."
-Valerie Cullen, Comitatus

"...rich in scholarly details..." -William R. Shea, American Historical Review

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