Publisher: Riverhead Hardcover (November 8, 2012)
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a systematic American top technological know-how e-book of 2012 An Atlantic twine most sensible publication of 2012 a brand new York occasions e-book assessment “Editor's selection” The “fascinating” (The New Yorker) tale of Athanasius Kircher, the eccentric scholar-inventor who used to be both an excellent genius or a crackpot . . . or just a little either. The pursuits of Athanasius Kircher, the mythical seventeenth-century priest-scientist, knew no bounds. From optics to song to magnetism to drugs, he provided up innovations and theories for every thing, and so they made him well-known 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 acquaintances, 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 yet Kircher lived in the course of an period of radical transformation, within which the outdated method of knowledge—what he known as the “art of knowing”— was once giving solution to the clinical technique and glossy inspiration. a guy of Misconceptions strains the increase, luck, and eventual fall of this interesting personality as he tried to return to phrases with a altering international. With humor and perception, John Glassie returns Kircher to his rightful position as one among history’s so much unforgettable figures.