Tycho & Kepler by Kitty Ferguson

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The extraordinary, unlikely tale of Tycho Brahe and Johannes Kepler and their enormous contribution to astronomy and understanding of the cosmos is one of the strangest stories in the history of science.



Kepler was a poor, devoutly religious teacher with a genius for mathematics. Brahe was an arrogant, extravagant aristocrat who possessed the finest astronomical instruments and observations of the time, before the telescope. Both espoused theories that seem off-the-wall to modern minds, but their fateful meeting in Prague in 1600 was to change the future of science.



Set in one of the most turbulent and colourful eras in European history, when medieval was giving way to modern, Tycho and Kepler is a double biography of these two remarkable men.

 

About Kitty Ferguson

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Kitty Ferguson has been writing and lecturing about science and scientists for over two decades, making the language and concepts of physics and cosmology understandable for audiences without a scientific background.  Her 1991 biography of Stephen Hawking, written with his encouragement and help, was an international bestseller.  She was a consultant for Hawking’s book The Universe in a Nutshell.  Kitty is the author of seven books including The Fire in the Equations and The Music of Pythagoras.  She has also been interviewed by Forbes, PBS, News Hour with Jim Lehrer, and the BBC.  She lectures widely in North America, and her appearances have included the Goddard Space Flight Center, the Hayden Planetarium in New York City, The Nobel Peace Prize Forum, and many universities.  Kitty and her husband divide their time between Cambridge, England and South Carolina.
 
Published January 31, 2013 by Transworld Digital. 416 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Travel, Science & Math. Non-fiction

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