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Athanasius Kircher's theatre of the world: the life and work of the last man to search for universal knowledge 2 editions

Cover of: Athanasius Kircher's theatre of the world | Joscelyn Godwin
About the Book

n the 17th century Athanasius Kircher was a phenomenon. In the 21st he has become a cult. He had an extraordinary imagination, comparable to the most avant-garde modern artist, even (or often especially) when he was wrong.

By profession a Jesuit priest, he made himself an authority on almost every subject under the sun. His most vaunted achievement was to translate the Egyptian hieroglyphs, and though he got them wrong his work marked the beginning of Egyptology.

Kircher was the first to map ocean currents; the first to offer a comprehensive theory of vulcanism; the first to compile an encyclopaedia on China, a dictionary of Coptic, a book dedicated solely to acoustics; the first to construct a machine for coding messages and another for composing music.

Classifications

Library of Congress CT1098.K46 G63 2009
Dewey 943/.04092, B

2 editions First published in 2001

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Cover of: Athanasius Kircher's theatre of the world
Cover of: Athanasius Kircher's Theatre of the World
Athanasius Kircher's Theatre of the World
2001, Thames & Hudson Ltd
paperback

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