Tycho Brahe: Pioneer of Astronomy

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Tycho Brahe was an eccentric Danish astronomer in the 1500s. Growing up in the wealthy home of his uncle, he was provided with the freedom to pursue his ambitions in life. While attending college, Tycho viewed a solar eclipse, which scholars had predicted would happen. He was fascinated that science could predict such phenomenal events, and he devoted much of his time to studying the heavens. Using modern instruments and techniques to measure the positions of the stars and the movements of the planets, Brahe ...
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Tycho Brahe was an eccentric Danish astronomer in the 1500s. Growing up in the wealthy home of his uncle, he was provided with the freedom to pursue his ambitions in life. While attending college, Tycho viewed a solar eclipse, which scholars had predicted would happen. He was fascinated that science could predict such phenomenal events, and he devoted much of his time to studying the heavens. Using modern instruments and techniques to measure the positions of the stars and the movements of the planets, Brahe revolutionized the way astronomers viewed the night sky.
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Clear explanations of scientific thought and fact are presented in conversational tones and illuminated by easily grasped examples, making the subject matter less daunting. Sidebars, maps, and well-captioned illustrations further detail the scientists' personal lives, education, and the societies in which they lived. Excerpts from the men's writings are liberally scattered throughout. A lengthy annotated time line illustrating major events in the subjects' lives, contrasted against historical and cultural milestones, enhances each volume, and a "Life at a Glance" section provides key biographical information.
—Jennifer SchultzCopyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

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  • ISBN-13: 9780756533090
  • Publisher: Capstone Press
  • Publication date: 9/1/2007
  • Series: Investigate the Seasons Series
  • Pages: 24
  • Age range: 10 - 12 Years
  • Lexile: 1050L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.70 (d)

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Noted historian and award-winning author Don Nardo has written many books for young people about American history. Nardo lives with his wife, Christine, in Massachusetts.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 13, 2008

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    I really learned a lot from this book. Tycho Brahe was a an incredibly colorful and memorable historical character who also happned to be a great scientist. The author does an excellent job of telling about Tycho's turbulent life as well as explaining about the astronomical knowledge of that era, including the many clever devices Tycho invented to observe the night sky. Both students and adults will enjoy this book.

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