Scientists have disproved "mercury" version of the death of Tycho Brahe


16/11/2012

Scientists from Denmark found that the well-known Danish astronomer Tycho Brahe died naturally - most likely from uremia, not poisoned, as suggested by many researchers.

This conclusion, scientists have made, based on information obtained after the exhumation of the body Brahe, who was buried in the Cathedral of the Virgin Mary. Exhumation conducted two years ago, and it planned to publish the results of last year, but due to lack of funds the work was delayed. In a new report says nothing about whether the researchers plan to publish in a peer-reviewed journal the results of their work.

Tycho Brahe was a professor at the Johannes Kepler and popular astronomer. Based on data from the astronomer Kepler deduced the well-known laws of celestial mechanics. Brahe observed in 1572 a new object in the constellation Cassiopeia, who was the star of a new type Ia. Later, the object named in honor of the astronomer. Shortly before his death in 1601, Brahe worked on astronomical tables, which were named Rudolph. This work completed Kepler, and the tables themselves were used by astronomers and navigators until the nineteenth century.

At the moment, there are many versions about the death of the astronomer. On one of them Brahe, observing court etiquette, could not leave during lunch in Prague’s Royal Table, and died of rupture of the bladder. However, physiologically, is unrealistic.

In the nineties of the last century, became popular version of what the researcher was poisoned. It was reported earlier that the hairs of his mustache Braga were kept in a museum in Prague found a huge amount of mercury (one hundred times greater than the norm). Seven years earlier, two researchers - Anna Lee Gilder and Joshua Gilder - published a book that argued that poisoned the astronomer Kepler, envy scientific advances Braga.

Peter Anderson of the University of Strasbourg in early 2009 suggested that the scientist poisoned agent Danish King Christian the Fourth of closeness with his mother Christian. In the new study was also found mercury, but the number of threats to her life is not represented. According to researchers, Braga, likely taking medications that contain the metal, as well as silver and gold.

Based on the described symptoms (fever, delirium, and difficulty urinating before his death), today’s scientists believe that Brahe died of uremia - is self-poisoning organism that triggered kidney failure. As suggested earlier, the cause of death were kidney stones, however, this version during the exhumation of Brahe in 1901, has been denied. New data prove the theory of uremia.


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