How Tycho Brahe died
- --- Branka <self@...> wrote:
> Another reason I write is to ask if anyone hasNever heard that one.
> received some, supposedly,
> mass-email with info of how Kepler poisoned Tyho
"Brahe died in 1601, several days after straining his
bladder during a banquet. It has been said that to
leave the banquet before it concluded, would be the
height of bad manners and so he remained. His weakened
state allowed an infection to invade his body and lead
ultimately to his death.
"However, recent investigations have suggested that
Tycho did not die from urinary problems but most
likely from mercury poisoning: toxic levels of it have
been found in his hair and hair-roots. Tycho may have
poisoned himself unintentionally by imbibing some
mercury-containing medicine. (3) Some have even
speculated that Tycho may have been murdered, though
there is no solid evidence for this."
The endnote referenced by the number (3) is this web
Mark A. Holmes
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