A Short History of Night, John Mighton



Title: A Short History of Night

Author: John Mighton

Typology: Drama

Language: English

Year: 2006 (first edition 1992)

Publisher: Playwrights Canada Press


Synopsis: A Short History of Night charts the strange origins of contemporary science through two of the Renaissance’s most unusual figures – mercurial, ambitious Danish astronomer Tycho Brahe and meticulous, idealistic geometrician and christian mystic Kepler. As religious wars and witch hunts rage outside the castle walls, an unlikely band of alchemists and astrologers vie to unlock the secrets of the cosmos. Based loosely on the life of 16th century astronomer, astrologer and mathematician Johannes Kepler, the play draws disturbing parallels between mediaeval and modern thought.