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The fascinating” (The New Yorker) tale of Athanasius Kircher, the eccentric scholar-inventor who was once both an excellent genius or a crackpot . . . or somewhat both.
The pursuits of Athanasius Kircher, the mythical seventeenth-century priest-scientist, knew no bounds. From optics to tune to magnetism to medication, he provided up innovations and theories for every little thing, they usually made him recognized throughout Europe. His celebrated museum in Rome featured magic lanterns, talking statues, the tail of a mermaid, and a brick from the Tower of Babel. Holy Roman Emperors have been his buyers, popes have been his pals, and in his spare time he collaborated with the Baroque grasp Bernini.
yet Kircher lived in the course of an period of radical transformation, within which the outdated method of knowledgewhat he referred to as the art of knowing” was once giving approach to the medical approach and smooth idea. A guy of Misconceptions traces the increase, good fortune, and eventual fall of this attention-grabbing personality as he tried to return to phrases with a altering world.
With humor and perception, John Glassie returns Kircher to his rightful position as one in every of history’s such a lot unforgettable figures.
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A Man of Misconceptions: The Life of an Eccentric in an Age of Change by John Glassie