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Re: RE: VMs: Kepler & the VMS
the most famous story about Brahe's death can be found here
and it describes the death in very detail.
According to it, I quote, "Brahe went to a state dinner, but he forgot to go to
the bathroom. Well, since it was considered impolite to leave the table before
the king, and the king was taking his sweet time eating and dining, Brahe's
bladder "exploded" and he died."
This story became the most famous in Prague at the time of Brahe's death and is
still circulating today in history textbooks. How to connect it with poisoning
I do not know and one can hardly imagine Kepler being involved in such heinous
crime - especially Kepler!
Vikipedia has also this comment, in regard to his artificial, silver nose; I
quote: "Tycho's tomb was reopened in 1901 and his remains were examined by
medical experts. The nasal opening of the skull was rimmed with green, a sign of
exposure to copper, not silver." The traces of mercury may very well be
attributed to that exposure. It is also known fact the mercury in liquid form
would rather cause strong diarrhea - it is mecury vapors that kill.
Still, the poisoning theory is mentioned here:
======= At 2004-04-26, 10:41:00 you wrote: =======
>As if by magic, a documentary just appeared on German television (I'm not
>in Germany, I read about it in HASTRO-L) describing the claim that Kepler
>poisoned Brahe: "Heavenly Intrigue" by G. and A.-L. Gilder.
>Brahe death was from the effects of mercury poisoning, but [summarising the
>various posts] from the high levels found in his hair post-mortem, it seems
>more likely to have been self-inflicted (as a result of his alchemical
>experiments) than as a result of intrigue. But who knows?
>Cheers, .....Nick Pelling.....
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