Athanasius Kircher: The Last Man Who Knew Everything

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Paula Findlen
Routledge, Aug 2, 2004 - Education - 480 pages
First published in 2004. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
The Art of Being Kircher
47
1 Kirchers Rome
49
Athanasius Kircher and the Plague Epidemic of 1656
61
Censorial Practice and Pragmatic Disregard in the Society of Jesus
76
The Circulation of Portraits and the Image of Kircher
102
The Sciences of Erudition
126
Athanasius Kircher in Peirescs Republic of Letters
128
Communicating Knowledge
250
Athanasius Kircher and Communication
252
Manuscript Instrument and Print in the Work of Athanasius Kircher
273
Kircher Esotericism and the Republic of Letters
286
The Global Shape of Knowledge
297
Father Kircher and His Colleague Valentin Stansel 16211705
299
Athanasius Kircher and His American Readers
316
Athanasius Kirchers China illustrata and the Life Story of a Mexican Mystic
351

Kircher Reveals the Kabbalah
143
7 Kirchers Chronology
165
The Mysteries of Man and the Cosmos
181
8 Athanasius Kircher Giordano Bruno and the Panspermia of the Infinite Universe
183
Understanding Kirchers Paleontology
198
Athanasius Kirchers Magnetic Geography
229
An Apologia Pro Vita Sua
367
Epilogue
388
Bibliography
403
Notes on Contributors
433
Index
437
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Paula Findlen is Ubaldo Pierotti Professor of Italian History and Director of the Science, Technology and Society Program at Stanford University. She is the author of Possessing Nature and coeditor of Merchants and Marvels: Commerce, Science and Art in Early Modern Europe, published by Routledge.

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