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Tycho Brahe was a 16th century astronomer who cared about his data. He had a gold nose (though not in his potrait) and an epic mustache (shown in portrait). Tycho kept meticulous data records of planetary orbits.
Tycho was able to use his records of planetary orbits to make break throughs on the nature of supernovae and comets, but his life's grand goal was to decipher an accurate model of our solar system (they thought the Sun and planets ordited around the Earth in Tycho's time).
Tycho unsuccessfully struggled to uncover the solar system model for most of his life. While Tycho was struggling with this problem, Johannes Kepler came to apprentice for Tycho. And, to make a long story short, Kepler was eventually able to use Tycho's data to decode the laws governing our solar system.
Before meeting Tycho, Kepler unsuccessfully searched for the laws governing the solar system for many years. Only after getting access to Tycho's data, was Kepler able to come up with his 3 laws of planetary motion. Kepler gets all the glory for the discovery, but it was Tycho's data that gave Kepler the context to construct the laws and the evidence to support his findings.
Tycho's methods for gathering data and testing hypotheses against the empirical data were the most advanced the world had seen. Tycho was not able to single handedly decode the physical laws governing the solar system, but his work allowed for Kepler to make his great breakthrough. The lesson we take from Tycho Brahe is that data is the key. Track your data and you can throw ideas at it in the future. You can create models and test them against the data. As the data continues to flow in, you can continuously test and improve your models.