A Study of the Life and Works of Athanasius Kircher, ‘Germanus Incredibilis’: With a Selection of His Unpublished Correspondence and an Annotated Translation of His Autobiography.

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Athanasius Kircher, a German Jesuit in 17th-century Rome, was an enigma. Intensely pious and a prolific author, he was also a polymath fascinated with everything from Egyptian hieroglyphs to the tiny creatures in his microscope. His correspondence with popes, princes and priests was a window into the restless energy of the period. It showed first-hand the seventeenth-century s struggle for knowledge in astronomy, microscopy, geology, chemistry, musicology, Egyptology, horology The list goes on. Kircher s books reflect the mind-set of 17th-century scholars - endless curiosity and a substantial larding of naivet: Kircher scorned alchemy as the wishful thinking of charlatans, yet believed in dragons. His life and correspondence provide a key to the transition from the Middle Ages to a new scientific age. This book, though unpublished, has been long quoted and referred to. Awaited by scholars and specialists of Kircher, it is finally available with this edition.
 

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Contents

Part II Kirchers Correspondence
193
Part III Kirchers Life and Letters
389
Part IV Kirchers Vita with Translation and Annotations by John Fletcher
459
Appendix Publications of John Fletcher
553

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About the author (2011)

John E. Fletcher, M.A. (1966), Queen Mary College, University of London. Senior Lecturer in Germanic Studies, University of Sydney. Before his early death in 1992 he had published extensively on Athanasius Kircher and his correspondents.

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