Table of contents for Heavenly intrigue : Johannes Kepler, Tycho Brahe, and the murder behind one of history's greatest scientific discoveries / Joshua Gilder and Anne-Lee Gilder.


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Acknowledgments ix 
MAP: The Holy Roman Empire at the Time of Kepler and Brahe  xiii 
MAP: Tycho Brahe's Denmark  xv 
The Murder Behind the Scientific Revolution  I 
CHAPTER I: The Funeral    5 
CHAPTER 2: A Transcript of Anguish  10 
CHAPTER 3: Expulsion    27 
CHAPTER 4: Mapping Heaven      32
CHAPTER 5: The Alchemist    46 
CHAPTER 6: The Exploding Star    58 
CHAPTER 7: An Island of His Own    68 
CHAPTER 8: The Tychonic System of the World   78 
CHAPTER 9: Exile    87 
CHAPTER 10: The Secret of the Universe  96 
CHAPTER 11: Marriage     112
CHAPTER I2: The Ursus Affair   120 
CHAPTER 13: Imperial Mathematician   133



CHAPTER 14: Intolerance   147 
CHAPTER 15: Confrontation in Prague   156 
CHAPTER 16: Bad Faith    169 
CHAPTER 17: Tycho and Rudolf     177
CHAPTER 18: The Mistlin Affair    183
CHAPTER 19: The Pot Boils    190 
CHAPTER 20: The Death ofTycho Brahe      196
CHAPTER 21: In the Crypt    203 
CHAPTER 22: Revealing Symptoms     209
CHAPTER 23: Thirteen Hours     216
CHAPTER 24: The Elixir    223 
CHAPTER 25: The Motive and the Means     235
CHAPTER 26: Theft     247
CHAPTER 27: The Three Laws     250
Epilogue    258
APPENDIX: Brahe's Recipe for His Mercury Drug  264 
Notes  269
Bibliography  286
Illustration Credits  297 
Index  298





Library of Congress Subject Headings for this publication: Brahe, Tycho, 1546-1601 Death and burial, Astronomers Denmark Biography, Kepler, Johannes, 1571-1630, Science History 17th century, Science, Renaissance