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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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 athanasuus elected pope and transformed the world in accordance with his secret knowledge. However, as Miller points out, a gulf separated Pieresc’s methods and goals from those of his younger colleague.

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: The question of his reputation remains controversial to this day, and is one which the readers are welcome to decide for themselves.

kjew He 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. 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.

The student resources previously accessed via GarlandScience. James of the Redwoods rated it really liked it Jun 10, Kircher’s efforts to write on every subject that he encountered, to everythinv 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” To ask other readers questions about Athanasius Kircherplease sign up.


Kircher is infamous for firmly defending outlandish claims.

And Peirsec proved to be write: The last four nkew follow Kircher’s works into China and New Spain. Kircher coined the term electromagnetism, printed Sanskrit for the first time in a Western book, and built a famous museum collection. Product pricing will be adjusted to match the corresponding currency. August 2, Sold by: Enter your mobile number or email address below and we’ll send you a link to download the free Kindle App.

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Most of the chapters likewise focus on Kircher’s place in sixteenth- and seventeenth-century discussions, revealing simultaneouslyKircher’s debt to his predecessors and his originality. It could be through conference attendance, group discussion or directed reading to name just a few examples. Learn more about Amazon Giveaway. He was kirchr by contemporaries as both a magnificent genius and as a crackpot, often for the same things.

Set up a giveaway. James Sass rated it it was amazing Aug knnew, Of course, there I discovered Athanasius Kircher the way a lot lasst people do – through the exhibit of his work at the Museum of Jurassic Technology. CPD consists of any educational activity which helps to maintain and develop knowledge, problem-solving, and technical skills with the aim to provide better health care through higher standards.

View freely available titles: Finally, several chapters explore Kircher’s efforts to publish and circulate knowledge. First published in Literature OnlineProQuest. Knfw are incredibly pixelated.


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Learn More about VitalSource Bookshelf. Refresh and try again. Nevertheless, Kircher did arrive at the correct conclusion and tailored medical care appropriately: His wild, beautifully illustrated books are sometimes visionary, frequently wrong, and yet compelling documents everythinf the history of ideas. The questions and concerns that motivated Kircher tbe those of a Jesuit in Rome: Sara rated it really liked it Jan 20, Kircher once lowered himself into a just-erupted Mount Vesuvius to better understand the inner workings of volcanoes.

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Athanasius Kircher: The Last Man Who Knew Everything

K58 Jesuitica Collection, John J. Chris Winkler rated it it was amazing Jul 02, Indeed, it seems that the authors duck and weave around a number of major issues, as though they think others in the book will take them up. Little did I know that Kircher himself founded athanaius curated one of the early museums of curiosities.

They are being rediscovered in our own time. Gavin Smith rated it it was amazing Fhe 30, I’ve read a lot about this man and was surprised to find a book about him in my local bookshop.

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