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

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415940160
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 2/1/2003
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 480
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

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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Table of Contents

Introduction : the last man who knew everything ... or did he? : Athanasius Kircher, S.J. (1602-80) and his world 1
1 Kircher's rome 51
2 Reverie in time of plague : Athanasius Kircher and the plague epidemic of 1656 63
3 Kircher and his critics : censorial practice and pragmatic disregard in the society of Jesus 79
4 'Quasi-optical palingenesis' : the circulation of portraits and the image of Kircher 105
5 Copts and scholars : Athanasius Kircher in Peiresc's Republic of letters 133
6 Four trees, some amulets, and the seventy-two names of God : Kircher reveals the Kabbalah 149
7 Kircher's chronology 171
8 Athanasius Kircher, Giordano Bruno, and the panspermia of the infinite universe 191
9 Father Athanasius on the isthmus of a middle state : understanding Kircher's paleontology 207
10 The angel and the compass : Athanasius Kircher's magnetic geography 239
11 Magnetic language : Athanasius Kircher and communication 263
12 Publishing the polygraphy : manuscript, instrument, and print in the work of Athanasius Kircher 283
13 Private and public knowledge : Kircher, esotericism, and the republic of letters 297
14 Baroque science between the old and the new world : Father Kircher and his colleague Valentin Stansel (1621-1705) 311
15 A Jesuit's books in the new world : Athanasius Kircher and his American readers 329
16 True lies : Athanasius Kircher's China illustrata and the life story of a Mexican mystic 365
17 Athanasius Kircher's China illustrata (1667) : an apologia pro vita sua 383
Epilogue : understanding Kircher in context 405
Bibliography 421
Notes on contributors 447
Index 451
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