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Athanasius Kircher, le théâtre du monde

A superb, richly illustrated work dedicated to Athanasius Kircher, thought of in his lifetime as the “phoenix of scholars” who took an interest in all the fields of knowledge of his era.

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Athanasius Kircher, le théâtre du monde

Athanasius Kircher, le théâtre du monde

A superb, richly illustrated work dedicated to Athanasius Kircher, thought of in his lifetime as the “phoenix of scholars” who took an interest in all the fields of knowledge of his era.

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This richly illustrated, superb work, is dedicated to Athanasius Kircher. Mathematician, linguist, archaeologist, naturalist, religious historian, engineer, geologist..., in continual dialogue every aspect of the universe which brought this Jesuit to the centre of the world of scholarship. His tireless curiosity led to endless discovery: he was the first person to detect sunspot activity, to identify the rings of Saturn; as a vulcanologist, he descended into Vesuvius, he determined the movements of the Earth’s crust, designed the map of sea currents; at the microscope, he detected animalcules in the blood of victims of the 1656 plague, suggesting that the illness was caused by germs. And so many machines are the fruit of his inventiveness and his writing on magnetism, acoustics and optics! His work is a celebration of the wonders of creation, an act of natural magic produced by the universal magnetism which infuses divine wisdom into the three levels of the created world: the archetypal, sidereal and elemental, of which man is the reflection, the microcosm. 

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Author
JOSCELYN GODWIN CHARLES MOYSAN
Editor
ACTES SUD EDITION
Number of pages
302
Type of book
RELIE
Language
French
Dimensions
26 x 29

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