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Uraniborg 1: The New Philosophy Calls All in Doubt By Kevin Cooney
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The story of the rise and fall of Uraniborg, the “Heavenly Castle”, a renaissance palace on a small island off the coast of Denmark, designed by Tycho Brahe as a monument to Urania, the... More > muse of Astronomy. Before rockets and satellites, before even the invention of telescopes, Tycho and his company of skywatchers, mathematicians, and mechanics laid the groundwork for a revolution in science by measuring the position of the stars and patiently recording the motion of the planets. A poet, a visionary and a man of science in an age of miracles and charlatans, Tycho Brahe was the most famous astrologer of his time, but he is remembered to day as a giant on whose shoulders stood the founders of astrophysics.< Less
Uraniborg 2: The Lantern of the Universe By Kevin Cooney
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In the second chapter of a series on the renaissance astronomers Tycho Brahe and Johannes Kepler, Tycho relates the history of astronomy to his royal guests at Uraniborg.
Uraniborg 3: Tycho in Retrogade By Kevin Cooney
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In 1597, Johannes Kepler, a young mathematics teacher shares his vision of a geometric model of the solar system with Tycho Brahe, Lord of Uraniborg, the most powerful observatory in the world. ... More > Kepler’s theory arrives too late perhaps, as Tycho’s command of Uraniborg is imperilled when the new King of Denmark summons him to defend his rule over the Heavenly Castle.< Less
The Cosmic Mystery of Johannes Kepler By Kevin Cooney
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The first of a three part life of Johannes Kepler, successor to Tycho Brahe as court astrologer to the Holy Roman Emperor. The proud and violent Tycho and the humble yet shrewd Kepler were master... More > and servant, allies and rivals in the scientific revolution of the seventeenth century. Together they would determine the true order of the solar system and lay the foundations of astrophysics. Both a mystic and a scientist, Kepler was a canny survivor, who carried on his work amid the splendors and intrigues of renaissance Prague, beset by witchcraft trials, public burnings, and the devastation of the Thirty Years War.< Less

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