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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Return to Book Page. It unfortunately reads like someone’s Masters thesis. Finally, several chapters explore Kircher’s efforts to publish and circulate knowledge.

He could simply have been a confident fool who believed too strongly in his imagination. Routledge; 1 edition August 2, Publication Date: Excellent book with an excellent title. What emerges from these essays is the fact that Kircher never simply adopted a practice or concept.

Here, as elsewhere in this volume, Kircher’s ideal of a Catholic universalism provides the key for understanding his works.

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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. February 20, at AmazonGlobal Ship Orders Internationally. At his time Kircher was considered as a “baroque magus bearing gifts from the East”, and his books as conveying unknown knowledge, part of which was about ignored civilizations and languages.

Consequently you might be intrested in Egypt and find several essays interesting, and then think the essays on magnetism and biological wonders and Chinese very boring indeed. Coloniae Aggrippinae; Apud lodocvm Kalcoven, Athanasius Kircher continues to attract scholarly attention.

Athanasius Kircher: The Last Man Who Knew Everything

Center of Bembine Tablet, on which Kircher based his interpretation of Egyptian hieroglyphs. The Bookshelf application offers access: August 2, Sold by: Kircher’s efforts to write on athanasiu subject that he encountered, to build correspondence networks, to collect and display all manner of objects, and to attract powerful patrons make him “a barometer of virtually every intellectual transformation of the seventeenth century” Jul 06, Katelis Viglas rated it really liked it Shelves: Not Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Amazon Giveaway allows you to run promotional giveaways in order to create buzz, reward your audience, and attract new followers and customers.


New York and London: 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.

The Burns Library is home to more thanatanasius and over manuscript collections, including holdings of music, photographic materials, art and artifacts, and whl. K57John J. I’ve just completed reading “Athanasius Kircher: We provide a free online form to document wjo learning and a certificate for your records. His insistence on learning everything about the world was centered on his belief that the entire world was tied together.