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Tycho Brahe

Discussion in 'Civ4 - General Discussions' started by JasTiger, Jan 27, 2006.

  1. JasTiger

    JasTiger Chieftain

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    Anyone else getting some pretty off the wall names for some of their great people? I never knew Tycho Brahe, co-founder of Penny Arcade was a great scientist of the 1600's!

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  2. Nakar

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  3. Xenocrates

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    His nose was made out of gold.

    Just thought you might want to know that.....

    from Wiki: 'While a student, Tycho lost part of his nose in a duel with broadswords with Manderup Parsbjerg, a fellow Danish nobleman. This occurred in the Christmas season of 1566, after a fair amount of drinking, while the just turned 20-year-old Tycho was studying at the University of Rostock in Germany. Attending a dance at a professor's house, he quarrelled with Parsbjerg. A subsequent duel (in the dark) resulted in Tycho losing the bridge of his nose. A consequence of this was that Tycho developed an interest in medicine and alchemy. For the rest of his life, he was said to have worn a replacement made of silver and gold blended into a flesh tone, and used an adhesive balm to keep it attached. In 1901, though, Tycho's tomb was reopened and his remains were examined by medical experts. The nasal opening of the skull was rimmed with green, a sign of exposure to copper, not silver or gold. Some historians have speculated that he wore a number of different prosthetics for different occasions, noting that a copper nose would have been more comfortable and less heavy than one of precious metals.'
     
  4. Frostyboy

    Frostyboy Never Beaten

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    It's great they include som Scandinavian GP's

    I just know the Vikings will make a comeback in the first expansion :viking: :thumbsup:

    By the way, Tycho Brahe wa an astronome as well :)
     
  5. Meffy

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    Astronomer and the despot of his own semi-private domain, Uraniborg. One of the most prominent craters on the moon is named Tycho in his... honor? Let's say in his memory.

    Is Jethro Tull in the list of Great Scientists? He should be. Anyone who thinks I mean the great rock group and plans to say "Jethro Tull is a they, not a he," Google a bit. ;-)

    And Engelbert Humpedinck could be a Great Artist. Not the 1960s pop singer, but the 19th-20th century German composer.
     
  6. Lautaro89

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    Tycho Brahe's death was an interesting one:

    "The 13th of October 1601 Tycho Brahes was invides together with a nobleman called Minckwitz to a supper at Baron von Rosenberg. Before they sat down at the table, Tycho did not let his water, as he otherwise usually did. During the dinner lots of wine was consumed, and Tycho noticed that his bladder was tense, and he realised that he soon would have to get up. Out of respect for the host, he waited however, but finally he had to get up from the table and get home. But his bladder had been blocked by waiting to long, and he could not let his water. Hard pains followed and for five days, he could not sleep. Thereafter he could let out small amounts of urine, and the patient fell into an uneasy sleep. He also had a strong fever and dizziness. [...] For another five days this state lasted. [...] The following night, the last, Tycho was relatively calm, and no bad dreams worried him during his dizziness.
    During his fever fantasies he muttered the words "Ne frustra vixisse videar" over and over (approx. May I not seemed to have lived in vain).
    The following day, the 24th of October, the fever dizziness faded, and his conciousness returned. But the sicknes had taken so much of his powers that the end would not last many hours. When he notices his soon coming death, he expressed a wish, that his life's works would honour the lord and gave his sons and his nephew a task to not let anything of it get lost and that they should trust in the help of emperor. [...] "

    However recent studies suggest that he died of Mercury poisoning.
     
  7. EmperorQuaestor

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    It's a shame they don't teach science or history in school anymore.
     
  8. cthom

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    I thought it was silver?
    "Jethro Tull is a they, not a he," Google a bit. ;-) Ian Anderson is definitley a he!
     
  9. Meffy

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    Yes, I've bought rather a few Tull albums over the past few decades. The voice and beard were the clues. :-D But Ian Anderson does not equal Jethro Tull. The Great Scientist Jethro Tull was a he, singular.
     
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    However recent studies suggest that he died of Mercury poisoning.

    This sounds far more likely, if less dramatic. Mercury was commonly administered for centuries as a "cure" for syphillis, so signs of mercury poisoning would probably point to one of the diseases was endemic throughout Europe.
     
  11. cthom

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    Respect!:goodjob:
    yes i know they're a group, but i always think of him as jethro.
     
  12. Meffy

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    *pawshake* We retro Jethronians gotta stick together.
     
  13. Zombie69

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    If you never heard of Tycho Brahe in your science classes, then i'm sorry but your school sucked! He was one of the most influent scientists of all time.
     
  14. BeefontheBone

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    That's probably going a bit far. Everything he did would have been done by somebody else at around the same time if he hadn't done it - you can't really say that about, say, Newton, Darwin or einstein. Besides, Tycho wasn't a scientist (nor was Newton, FWIW) - he was a natural philosopher.

    Tycho is not someone I came across in my general education - I know about him from taking an elective module in HPSc while doing my maths degree. There's a lot more important science than Tycho's efforts, however wonderful a character he was, to fit into the general curriculum (and less time to fit it into if you have to teach wacko religious nonsense instead of science in "science" classes).
     
  15. Spearthrower

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    What a load of rubbish!

    Any given school can hardly offer a fully comprehensive rundown of every great scientist, every momentous historian, every specialist that was recognised for work in their field..... NO school can do this.

    Just a case of self inflation through knocking others. :nono:
     
  16. JasTiger

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    After looking it up i feel kind of foolish, I consider myself a bit more educated than most and no, I've never ever heard of this scientist, just as I"m sure there are people in history you guys have never heard of. Live and learn.
     
  17. Meffy

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    An excellent philosophy -- if you do this you will become ever wiser. :) Or at least better informed.

    There's no shame in not yet having learned this thing or that thing, as long as you keep an open and curious mind and are smart about filtering out "noise" (there's a lot of nonsense in certain kids of books and on certain kinds of Websites).

    And yes, there are people in history of whom even I have never heard. Paula Strosnider, Hirafi al-Niwwaz, and Jean-Claude Laplace for instance.
     
  18. BeefontheBone

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    Wasn't the last one in action movies?
     
  19. Meffy

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    Either that or downhill skiing and mathematics. ;-) But I wouldn't know, I never heard of any of them.
     
  20. Helmling

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    I didn't know about Jethro Tull.
     

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