now come to a very colourful character in the history of forces
and gravity - none other than Tycho Brahe.
Brahe was probably the greatest naked eye astronomer of his
time - there were still no telescopes around.
had a massive observatory built for himself on an island called
was also a little "eccentric". He was waited on
by a dwarf and he had lost his nose years earlier in a duel.
He wore a gold and wax one in its place.
get in the way of his star-gazing, however, and over the years
he took thousands of observations of different stars.
He wrote a famous
book called De Nova Stella (on the new star).
all the planets (except the earth) moved around the sun.
What is interesting
about Tycho Brahe is that he was given more money by the Danish
government to fund his observatory than any astronomer before
end of his life he appointed an assistant who went on to become
far more famous - his name was Johannes