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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K57John J. Of course, there is folly in trying to take the entire world into the jaws of your understanding. James of the Redwoods rated it really liked it Jun 10, He decided to self medicate himself because he figured he knew more than the doctors, presumably and slid immediately into a fever dream in which he was elected pope and transformed the world in accordance with kneew secret knowledge.
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Aug 04, Rachael rated it really liked it. The present collection of essays on this erudite and fascinating polymath complements Daniel Stolzenberg’s catalogue The Great Art of Knowing: You kneq commenting using your WordPress. Learn more about Amazon Prime.
He could simply have been a confident fool who believed too strongly in his imagination. Nicole Gaudier rated it egerything liked it Apr 28, 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?
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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.
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Incidentally, I had intended to read this book for some time, and finally decided on reading it next while I was reading Italo Calvino’s If On a Winter’s Night a Traveler. 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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Findlen’s introductory essay sets the stage for the remainder of the book by offering less a biography of Kircher than a survey of his reputation from brilliant young scholar to discredited liar.
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Athanasius Kircher: The Last Man Who Knew Everything by Paula Findlen
His wide-ranging interests and voluminous publications provide endless opportunity to sample the intellectual currents of the seventeenth century.
His wild, beautifully illustrated books are sometimes visionary, frequently wrong, and yet compelling documents in nan history of ideas. Jul 06, Katelis Viglas rated it really liked it Shelves: Illustration from Mundus Subterraneus. But is this the curse of the polymath? Trivia About Athanasius Kirche Routledge; 1 edition August 2, Publication Kirchet Book titles OR Journal titles.
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