Monday, November 15, 2010

The mercurial Brahe, soon to be exhumed.

BBC News - Danish astronomer Tycho Brahe exhumed to solve mystery:
The body of a 16th Century Danish astronomer is being exhumed in Prague to confirm the cause of his death.
Lost the bridge of his nose in a duel, a philanderer with an (apparently) explosive bladder, and possibly a murder victim ... Brahe is a colorful entry in the history of astronomy. Although if he was doing alchemical experiments, as the article mentions, it seems likely he may have had a high level of mercury in his body by his own doing.
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