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Nolanus Nullanus

Charles Nicholl

12 March 1992
Giordano Bruno and the Embassy Affair 
by John Bossy.
Yale, 294 pp., £16.95, September 1991, 0 300 04993 5
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The Elizabethan Secret Service 
by Alison Plowden.
Harvester Wheatsheaf, 158 pp., £30, September 1991, 0 7108 1152 7
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The Lord of Uraniborg: A Biography of Tycho Brahe 
by Victor Thoren.
Cambridge, 523 pp., £40, May 1991, 0 521 35158 8
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... of 1577 formed the basis of the Tychonic system, which ‘presented the 17th century with a version of Copernicanism that it could entertain without violence to common sense or theological fiat’. VictorThoren’s biography is exhaustive and highly technical. He gives a fascinating account of the building and equipping of Uraniborg, Brahe’s observatory-laboratory on Hven. Brahe himself, a fearsome ...

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