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By John Edward Fletcher, Elizabeth Fletcher

ISBN-10: 9004207120

ISBN-13: 9789004207127

Athanasius Kircher, a German Jesuit in 17th-century Rome, was once an enigma. Intensely pious and a prolific writer, he used to be additionally a polymath desirous about every little thing from Egyptian hieroglyphs to the tiny creatures in his microscope. His correspondence with popes, princes and clergymen used to be a window into the stressed power of the interval. It confirmed first-hand the seventeenth-centurys fight for wisdom in astronomy, microscopy, geology, chemistry, musicology, Egyptology, horology The record is going on. Kirchers books replicate the way of thinking of 17th-century students - never-ending interest and a considerable larding of naiveté: Kircher scorned alchemy because the wishful taking into consideration charlatans, but believed in dragons.His existence and correspondence offer a key to the transition from the center a while to a brand new clinical age. This e-book, notwithstanding unpublished, has been lengthy quoted and stated. Awaited by way of students and experts of Kircher, it truly is ultimately to be had with this variation.

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Early in 1665, however, he enquired of the parish priest at Geisa the exact year, month, day and hour of his birth,5 expecting this 1 Geisa is in the district once called Buchonia, of which the chief city was Fulda. Information about Kircher’s life is drawn from the Vita, p. 466, which is given in a translation by the author. 3 P. Alegambe, Bibliotheca scriptorum Soc. JESV, p. 92. 4 H. A. Kircheri complectentium materius philosophico-mathematico-medicas, pp. ] 5 This letter, preserved in the church records in Geisa, is undated, but answers a letter written to Kircher on 5 October 1664, Epistolae IX.

52 Further accounts of this occurrence are to be found in Fr Wilhelm Gumppenberg’s Atlas Marianis, pp. 373–374 (in the form of a letter written to Gumppenberg by Fr Matthias Franck of Paderborn); and in Fr Johannes Eusebius Nierenberg’s Trophaea Mariana, Bk VI, ch. 59. 53 [Schott is variously referred to as Kaspar and Gaspar, both by JF and in catalogue entries. ] 54 Schott, Physica curiosa, p. 540. 55 Reiffenberg, Historia Societatis JESV, pp. 377–380. 56 The foundation of the college was confirmed by Pope Paul V on 2 April 1615 and by the Emperor Matthias on 14 December 1615.

45 To illustrate, see a recent short examination of Kircher’s symbolic interpretation of the Holy Land and the astrologic signs of the Twelve Tribes, by J. Mitchell and C. Rhone, Twelve Tribe Nations and the Science of Enchanting the Landscape, pp. 148–150. , A. ), The Wisdom of Jacob Böhme; idem, Wisdom’s Children: A Christian Esoteric Tradition; A. Faivre, Eckartshausen et la théosophie chrétienne. introduction xxxiii ments, Fletcher supplies in these present volumes the fullest account of the Jesuit’s world of correspondents and the subjects of interest he shared with them,46 together with the first published translation of Kircher’s autobiography.

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