Monday, August 31, 2009

And it's not my nose, it's a false one!

I am currently revising a short story, about dueling and Laws of Science and saints and Jesuits. Well, fictionalized Jesuits, anyway.

As part of this, I've been researching scientists. Today, I discovered that astronomer Tycho Brahe lost part of his nose in a dueling accident when he was twenty, and wore a false nose of gold and silver for the rest of his life. Scientists and dueling, all in one! I was including him anyway, for reasons I'm going to keep to myself for now, but that just makes it even better.


  1. Gaston Maurice Julia, an early fractal mathematician, also had a false nose. But his was much less fancy, just a leather thing that hooked around his ears with straps.

  2. Funny. That sounds like the Enlightenment equivalent of flaming. Of course, I'm sure there are times many of us have wished for a quick rapier thrust at a troll. (Usenet meaning, not spec fic meaning)

  3. E.j. that link is awesome. It turns out that Tycho may have had a variety of noses, (one high in copper content, as post-mortem analysis suggests) that he wore on different occasions.

    I love that learning things like this counts as work.