For many years there have been rumors about how the famous Danish astronomer and scientist Tycho Brahe, died of a ruptured bladder in 1601. But was he in fact killed with mercury poison by a jealous colleague or an emissary from the Danish king, Christian the 4?
In 1996 there was measured an alarming high amount of mercury in one of Brahe’s head hair, which had been stored. Finally in November 2010 an international group of experts was allowed to open the grave and take samples of Brahe’s bones, teeth, hair and beard.
The history about Tycho Brahe is extremely spectacular, and there is great interest in both Brahe’s scientific work, but also for the many conspiracy theories. This film sheds new light on Tycho Brahe’s time, his life and especially his death. Science and history come together to tell a new and unique history .