Kate Finley


University of Notre-Dame

Tycho Brahe and the Role of Aesthetics in Scientific Revolution

In this paper I explore the role of aesthetics in the astronomical revolution of the 16th and 17th centuries. More specifically, I examine the role of aesthetics in the motivation, execution, dissemination and reception of Tycho Brahe’s scientific work. In the history of philosophy of science, Brahe (1546-1601) is mostly remembered for greatly improving the accuracy and precision of the available astronomical data of his time.