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A Study of the Life and Works of Athanasius Kircher, ‘Germanus Incredibilis’

A Study of the Life and Works of Athanasius Kircher, ‘Germanus Incredibilis’ (New)

by Fletcher, John Edward

Publisher: Brill Academic Publishers

Binding: Hardcover

Book ID: 9789004207127, 9004207120

$261.00

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With a Selection of his Unpublished Correspondence and an Annotated Translation of his Autobiography

Athanasius Kircher, a German Jesuit in 17th-century Rome, was an enigma. Intensely pious and a prolific author, he was also a polymath fascinated with everything from Egyptian hieroglyphs to the tiny creatures in his microscope.

His correspondence with popes, princes and priests was a window into the restless energy of the period. It showed first-hand the seventeenth-century’s struggle for knowledge in astronomy, microscopy, geology, chemistry, musicology, Egyptology, horology… The list goes on.

Kircher’s books reflect the mind-set of 17th-century scholars - endless curiosity and a … read moresubstantial larding of naiveté: Kircher scorned alchemy as the wishful thinking of charlatans, yet believed in dragons.

His life and correspondence provide a key to the transition from the Middle Ages to a new scientific age. This book, though unpublished, has been long quoted and referred to. Awaited by scholars and specialists of Kircher, it is finally available with this edition

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