A Man of Misconceptions: The Life of an Eccentric in an Age by John Glassie

By John Glassie

A Scientific American Best technological know-how booklet of 2012
An Atlantic twine most sensible e-book of 2012
A New York occasions e-book Review “Editor's Choice”

The “fascinating” (The New Yorker) tale of Athanasius Kircher, the eccentric scholar-inventor who used to be both an exceptional genius or a crackpot . . . or somewhat both.

The pursuits of Athanasius Kircher, the mythical seventeenth-century priest-scientist, knew no bounds. From optics to track to magnetism to drugs, he provided up innovations and theories for every thing, they usually made him well-known throughout Europe. His celebrated museum in Rome featured magic lanterns, conversing 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yet Kircher lived in the course of an period of radical transformation, during which the outdated method of knowledge—what he referred to as the “art of knowing”— used to be giving option to the clinical technique and smooth suggestion. A guy of Misconceptions traces the increase, good fortune, and eventual fall of this interesting personality as he tried to come back to phrases with a altering world.

With humor and perception, John Glassie returns Kircher to his rightful position as one in all history’s so much unforgettable figures.

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