Tycho Brahe was born into the Danish aristocracy at a time when noblemen normally didn’t follow academic pursuits. But he found himself so fascinated by astronomy that he decided to flout tradition as he did with his marriage and many other aspects of his personal life. His observations changed the way scientists perceived the heavens, even if he didn't get things quite right.
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Victor Thoren, The Lord of Uraniborg: A Biography of Tycho Brahe, Cambridge University Press, (1990).
“Tycho Brahe” The Galileo Project, Rice University.
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