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Athanasius Kircher: The Last Man Who Knew Everything By Paula Findlen Mary Huismann Athanasius Kircher,

  • Title: Athanasius Kircher: The Last Man Who Knew Everything
  • Author: Paula Findlen Mary Huismann Athanasius Kircher
  • ISBN: 9780415940160
  • Page: 122
  • Format: Paperback
  • Athanasius Kircher 1602 1680 German Jesuit, occultist, polymath was one of most curious figures in the history of science He dabbled in all the mysteries of his time the heavenly bodies, sound amplification, museology, botany, Asian languages, the pyramids of Egypt almost anything incompletely understood Kircher coined the term electromagnetism, printed Sanskrit for tAthanasius Kircher 1602 1680 German Jesuit, occultist, polymath was one of most curious figures in the history of science He dabbled in all the mysteries of his time the heavenly bodies, sound amplification, museology, botany, Asian languages, the pyramids of Egypt almost anything incompletely understood Kircher coined the term electromagnetism, printed Sanskrit for the first time in a Western book, and built a famous museum collection His wild, beautifully illustrated books are sometimes visionary, frequently wrong, and yet compelling documents in the history of ideas They are being rediscovered in our own time This volume contains new essays on Kircher and his world by leading historians and historians of science, including Stephen Jay Gould, Ingrid Rowland, Anthony Grafton, Daniel Stoltzenberg, Paula Findlen, and Barbara Stafford.
    Athanasius Kircher The Last Man Who Knew Everything Athanasius Kircher German Jesuit occultist polymath was one of most curious figures in the history of science He dabbled in all the mysteries of his time the heavenly bodies sound amplifi

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    1. Excellent book with an excellent title Athanasius Kircher is perhaps known to literature fans as the early modern source that passed along the manuscript written down by Adso from Umberto Eco s The Name of the Rose It was a good choice by Eco is there was such a thing as a Renaissance Man man interested in absolutely everything it was Athanasius Kircher 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 boo [...]

    2. A collection of articles on Athanasius Kircher s life and work Paula Findlen s Introduction is characterized by wit and originality Because Athanasius Kircher was inviting his readers to explore the connections among virtually every imaginable form of knowledge p.19 , as a genuine polymath and searcher of truth as he was, the contributors of the volume are dealing with many different subjects, from many different sciences, which at the time of Kircher hadn t been developed fully yet.At his time [...]

    3. about this book Athanasius Kircher 1602 1680 German Jesuit, occultist, polymath was one of most curious figures in the history of science He dabbled in all the mysteries of his time the heavenly bodies, sound amplification, museology, botany, Asian languages, the pyramids of Egypt almost anything incompletely understood Kircher coined the term electromagnetism, printed Sanskrit for the first time in a Western book, and built a famous museum collection His wild, beautifully illustrated books are [...]

    4. This is a collection of essays by different scholars So I will probably read it slowly over the course of the three weeks I have it out from the library.

    5. I discovered Athanasius Kircher the way a lot of people do through the exhibit of his work at the Museum of Jurassic Technology Little did I know that Kircher himself founded and curated one of the early museums of curiosities As you read through these essays, you feel the scale of the world bearing down upon you We must give thanks then to the Kirchers, the Jurassic Technologists, the Walter Alvarezs and others who take such an exuberant and inspiring approach to learning Of course, there is fo [...]

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