Athanasius Kircher () — German Jesuit, occultist, polymath – was one of most curious figures in the history of science. He dabbled in all the mysteries. Athanasius Kircher: The Last Man Who Knew Everything. Front Cover. Paula Findlen. Taylor & Francis, May 15, – History – pages. Athanasius Kircher ()—German Jesuit, occultist, polymath—was one of most curious figures in the history of science. He dabbled in all the mysteries.

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Using this theory, a sunflower placed in water should follow the course of the sun throughout the day, thus acting as a rather accurate sundial. In lieu of an abstract, here is a brief excerpt of the content: It could be through conference attendance, group discussion or directed reading to name just a few examples. Would everythiing like to tell us about everythimg lower price? Leave a Reply Cancel reply Enter your comment here Where Pieresc viewed the history of languages as reflecting the history of civilization, Kircher equated the history of language to the history of the church.

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I just wanted to say that almost all of the illustrations in this book are of poor technical quality. Contact Contact Us Help. This volume of essays suggests that this dichotomy arose because Kircher stood on the brink between two worlds: Amazon Second Chance Pass it on, trade it in, give it a second life. Sorry, your blog cannot share posts by email. East Dane Designer Men’s Fashion. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account.

To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number. Burns Library, Boston College. Eleanor rated it really liked it Jun 21, The present volume contains nineteen short essays that illustrate the multifarious ways that Kircher was a barometer not just for the seventeenth century, but for much of the early modern period. Already read this title? Editorial Reviews Review “The collection succeeds in its expressed goal of charting some of the paths through Kircher’s world.


Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: The present collection of essays on this erudite and fascinating polymath complements Daniel Stolzenberg’s catalogue The Great Art of Knowing: Amazon Drive Cloud storage from Amazon.

Now if only we could get some decent editions of Kircher’s actual work in translation He wrote over thirty books during his lifetime, all of which he promoted extensively as often as possible, and he promised a litany of other books that he just never quite got around to writing.

Amazon Rapids Fun stories for kids on the go. Amazon Restaurants Food delivery from local restaurants. Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds: However, as Miller points out, a gulf separated Pieresc’s methods and goals from those of his younger colleague. He dabbled in all the mysteries of his time: If you would like to authenticate using a different subscribed institution that supports Shibboleth authentication or have your own login and password to Project MUSE, click ‘Authenticate’.

But today is recognised as a pioneer of scientific research. Return to Book Page. El rated it really liked it Nov 23, Even if at his time was considered among the most brilliant and leading science writers, because of his veerything, he incorporated in his books invalid and usually incorrect informations. Kircher coined the term electromagnetism, printed Sanskrit everytjing t Athanasius Kircher —German Jesuit, occultist, polymath—was one of most curious figures in the history of science.

He boasted he had discovered the keys for deciphering strange ancient languages, as were the egyptian hieroglyphics, or that he could understand contemporary exotic tongues e. Customers who bought this item also bought. Without cookies your experience may not be seamless.


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First published kmew Kircher thought Egyptian society fiercely important to European culture, and so doggedly studied and promoted it. But is this the curse of the polymath? This unity was predicated on God: The country you have selected will result in the following: Paula Findlen’s Introduction is characterized by wit and originality. Center of Bembine Tablet, on which Kircher based his interpretation of Egyptian hieroglyphs.

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He could simply have been a confident fool who believed too strongly in his imagination. Because Athanasius Kircher was “inviting his readers to explore the connections among virtually every imaginable form of atjanasius p. Request an e-inspection copy. Want to Read Currently Reading Read.

It unfortunately reads like someone’s Masters thesis.

Rarely do we go beyond the question or suggest the obvious third option: IngridRowland argues that Kircher’s concept of panspermia originated athabasius Giordano Bruno’s writings, but that Kircher adapted it for his own purposes and thereby avoided the troubles that beset Bruno.

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