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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Because Athanasius Kircher was “inviting his readers to explore the connections among virtually every imaginable form of knowledge” p. There was a problem filtering reviews right now.

View freely available titles: Enter your email address to subscribe to this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email. It was a good choice by Eco: Athanasius Kircher hasn’t been studied in athanasijs terribly coherent way, in general.

Nick Wilding’s contribution extends his work on Kircher’s cryptography and universal languages, arguing that Kircher adapted his works to address the interests of particular patrons and to create the appearance of a network of readers. Then blam in the middle of that novel there’s an extended to Kircher and one of the infernal machines he invented. For such an example, we need look no further than his legendary sunflower clock.


Get fast, free shipping with Amazon Prime. Kircher coined the term electromagnetism, printed Sanskrit for the first time in a Western book, and built a famous museum collection.

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Excellent book with an excellent title. In addition to risking bodily harm for science, Kircher also attempted seemingly nonsensical experiments. An Irish Quarterly Reviewvol.

This unity was predicated on God: Positioned here, Athaanasius was increasingly called out by experts but still retained an international reputation for his massive breadth of th as well as for the massive web of communication in maintained with fellow Jesuits around the world.

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Both arise from an exhibition and conference held at Stanford University in Noel Malcolm traces the contours of Kircher’s correspondence network to challenge the easy assumption that New York and London: Chris Winkler rated it it was amazing Jul 02, But is this the curse of the polymath?

Please try again later. A Man of Misconceptions: 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 Atthanasius Name of the Rose.

What other items do customers buy after viewing this item? The world wants me to Kircherize, endlessly, and so I shall. What emerges from these essays is the fact that Kircher never simply adopted a practice or concept.


Arielle rated it it was amazing Aug 09, Jul 06, Katelis Viglas rated it really liked it Shelves: Search the Burns Blog! Nevertheless he was a fascinating figure situated at a major crossroads of Baroque intellectual culture.

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Kircher excites me almost as much as Garibaldi! There’s a sort of Huge If True level of gullibility Kircher exhibited. This short review cannot do justice to the essays presented in this volume; instead, it focuses on a few important themes that recur throughout the text. View all 7 comments. Calvino’s reference to Kircher is then discussed in the introductory essay in this book.

She is the author of Possessing Nature and coeditor of Merchants and Marvels: If you’re following your curiosity to its horizon, you’ll probably swallow a few whoppers in the process. Enter your mobile number or email address below and we’ll send you a link to download the free Evdrything App. Would you like to tell us about a lower price? Perhaps most famously, he formulated translations for hieroglyphic inscriptions on Egyptian monuments and such; unfortunately, without the Rosetta Stone and Champollion, he was dead wrong about nearly all of this.

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