Bearing the Heavens Tycho Brahe and the Astronomical Community of the Late Sixteenth Century
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A ground-breaking 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 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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Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 3/29/2007
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.00" long x 1.25" tall
Adam Mosley is Lecturer in History at the University of Wales Swansea.
|List of illustrations|
|List of abbreviations|
|Bearing the heavens|
|Coelifer: Atlas as bearer of the heavens|
|Astronomy and kingship: disciplinary history and princely practice|
|Tycho Brahe, Prince of Astronomers|
|Tycho Brahe's astronomical letters|
|Tycho Brahe and the Republic of Letters|
|Epistolary origins: the beginning of the Hven-Kassel exchanges|
|Weddings, merchants, and other hindrances to goodwill|
|Epistolary calibration: instruments, refraction and cosmology at Uraniborg and Kassel|
|Intellectual property, credit, and the exchange of gifts|
|Books and the heavens|
|From manuscript to print|
|To please all men of learning and goodwill?|
|A dedicated gift...?|
|...or an astronomical text?|
|The astronomical library|
|Readings hostile and authorial|
|A melancholy conclusion|
|Printing and privilege: books, globes, and gifts|
|Moving heaven and earth: models of celestial motion|
|Known and presumed owners of Tycho's works prior to 1602|
|Index of correspondence|