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

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ISBN-10: 0521838665

ISBN-13: 9780521838665

Edition: 2007

Authors: Adam Mosley

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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…    
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Book details

List price: $129.00
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 3/29/2007
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 370
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.00" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.584
Language: English

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?
Astronomical readers
Textual astronomy
The astronomical library
Readings hostile and authorial
A melancholy conclusion
Globi Tychonici
Printing and privilege: books, globes, and gifts
Moving heaven and earth: models of celestial motion
Concluding remarks
Known and presumed owners of Tycho's works prior to 1602
General index
Index of correspondence