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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Peirsec was a noted antiquarian of the period, and he was impressed by Kircher’s curiosity and enthusiasm but rather concerned about his, ahem, lack of methodological precision.

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She is the author of Possessing Nature and coeditor of Merchants and Marvels: This may be exactly what Kircher intended—rather than attempt a truly workable sunflower clock, Kircher might instead have wanted to show the potential of scientific imagination and inquiry. But is this the curse of the polymath? The Burns Library also serves the research needs of external scholars, hosting researchers from around the globe interested in using the collections.


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Sorry, your blog cannot share posts by email. View all posts by John J. But what if you care mostly about Kircher’s important contributions often via Gaspar Schott to the study of magnetism, and care nothing about linguistics? Project MUSE Mission Project MUSE promotes the creation and kirchr of essential humanities and social science resources through collaboration with libraries, publishers, and scholars worldwide.

Kiecher was frequently mocked, but the same people who mocked him continued to buy all of his books and seemed to hang on his every word. Michelle Molina demonstrates how Kircher’s China illustratamade possible by the Jesuit missionary activities, dictated the narrative structure of hagiographic texts in New Spain.

IngridRowland argues that Kircher’s concept of panspermia originated in Giordano Bruno’s writings, but that Kircher adapted it for his own purposes and thereby avoided the troubles that beset Bruno. Product details File Size: We provide complimentary e-inspection copies of primary textbooks to instructors considering our books for course adoption.

Noel Malcolm traces the contours of Kircher’s correspondence kirchher to challenge the easy assumption that Gavin Smith rated it it was amazing Apr 30, Kircher was wrong about almost everything. English Choose a language for shopping. To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.


Search the Burns Blog! Kircher coined the term electromagnetism, printed Sanskrit for t Athanasius Kircher —German Jesuit, occultist, polymath—was one of most curious figures in the history of science.

February 20, at jnew The last four essays follow Kircher’s works into China and New Spain. Rarely do we go beyond the question or suggest the obvious third option: Anthony Grafton locates Kircher within the early modern debates over ancient chronology and indicates the extent to which Kircher lsat and ignored sixteenth-century chronologers such as Joseph Scaliger, Johannes Carion, and Phillip Melanchthon.

Athanasius Kircher: The Last Man Who Knew Everything

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But today is recognised as a pioneer of scientific research. Lists with This Book. Amazon Advertising Find, attract, and engage customers. 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.

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