The Drunk Astronomer Who Changed Science Forever

Tycho Brahe was an influential astronomer, but did you know he was also a crazy partier who lost his nose in a duel? Yeah, his life was epic.

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The crazy life and crazier death of Tycho Brahe, history’s strangest astronomer
http://io9.gizmodo.com/5696469/the-crazy-life-and-crazier-death-of-tycho-brahe-historys-strangest-astronomer
“Science has many colorful figures, but nobody quite like Tycho Brahe. Beyond his astronomy genius, he lost his nose in a math-fueled duel, possibly inspired Shakespeare to write Hamlet, and maybe made his even greater successor Johannes Kepler a murderer.”

Tycho’s Supernova Remnant
http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/WISE/multimedia/gallery/pia13119.html
“The red circle visible in the upper left part of the image is SN 1572, often called ‘Tycho’s Supernova.’ This remnant of a star explosion is named after the astronomer Tycho Brahe, although he was not the only person to observe and record the supernova.”

Was Tycho Brahe Poisoned? According to New Evidence, Probably Not
http://newsfeed.time.com/2012/11/17/was-tycho-brahe-poisoned-according-to-new-evidence-probably-not/
“For 300 years, the death of Danish astronomer Tycho Brahe death was the stuff of tragicomic legend. Seated at a Prague banquet table in 1601, he consumed copious amounts of alcohol and soon badly needed to visit the restroom.”
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