Athanasius Kircher / Edition 1

Athanasius Kircher / Edition 1

by Paula Findlen

ISBN-10: 0415940168

ISBN-13: 9780415940160

Pub. Date: 02/01/2003

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

First published in 2004. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.  See more details below


First published in 2004. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.

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Table of Contents

Introduction : the last man who knew everything ... or did he? : Athanasius Kircher, S.J. (1602-80) and his world1
1Kircher's rome51
2Reverie in time of plague : Athanasius Kircher and the plague epidemic of 165663
3Kircher and his critics : censorial practice and pragmatic disregard in the society of Jesus79
4'Quasi-optical palingenesis' : the circulation of portraits and the image of Kircher105
5Copts and scholars : Athanasius Kircher in Peiresc's Republic of letters133
6Four trees, some amulets, and the seventy-two names of God : Kircher reveals the Kabbalah149
7Kircher's chronology171
8Athanasius Kircher, Giordano Bruno, and the panspermia of the infinite universe191
9Father Athanasius on the isthmus of a middle state : understanding Kircher's paleontology207
10The angel and the compass : Athanasius Kircher's magnetic geography239
11Magnetic language : Athanasius Kircher and communication263
12Publishing the polygraphy : manuscript, instrument, and print in the work of Athanasius Kircher283
13Private and public knowledge : Kircher, esotericism, and the republic of letters297
14Baroque science between the old and the new world : Father Kircher and his colleague Valentin Stansel (1621-1705)311
15A Jesuit's books in the new world : Athanasius Kircher and his American readers329
16True lies : Athanasius Kircher's China illustrata and the life story of a Mexican mystic365
17Athanasius Kircher's China illustrata (1667) : an apologia pro vita sua383
Epilogue : understanding Kircher in context405
Notes on contributors447

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