Harmonia Macrocosmica (feat. Tycho Brahe)
December 2, 2010 Comments Off on Harmonia Macrocosmica (feat. Tycho Brahe)
Care to see Tycho Brahe’s skull, currently being exhumed to learn more about his life and finally solve the mystery of his death – kidney stones? Mercury poisoning? Murder by Kepler?… More pictures on the official site.
Brahe was a pretty eccentric astronomer/alchemist. He kept a dwarf called Jepp as a court jester, had him sit under the dinner table, and thought he was able to tell the future. Brahe famously lost his nose in a duel with a Danish nobleman and had a piece of metal attached in its place. He also had a pet elk, which supposedly was given too much beer (!) at one of the many social gatherings at Brahe’s, and fell down the stairs to its tragic death… Biopic, anyone?
Here are Scans from the Harmonia Macrocosmica by Andreas Cellarius (1660/1). The first one shows Brahe’s system of planetary orbits, and in the bottom right corner, Brahe himself – nose still intact.