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Athanasius Kircher: A Renaissance Man and the Quest for Lost Knowledge: A Late Renaissance Philosopher and Scientist (Art and Imagination) Paperback – 12 Nov 1979
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I also found pointless the other reviewer's going into the author's background for this lightweight but fun publication - who cares about his academic credentials??! Open your eyes, look at the illustrations, get enlightened, and stop complaining!
Kircher is a huge subject, particularly as a Jesuit pivotal in the Vatican during the crystallisation of the debate between faith and science at the start of the 17th Century which continues to this day - I write this on the day the Vatican's conference on Darwin breaks up.
This book addresses only certain aspects of his work of interest to a theosopher, and does not present in any way a balanced viewpoint of his work. Indeed, its lightweightness - eight chapters, each of about two pages followed by a huge amount of graphical reproductions - does his subject a gross disservice. Even as a Theosophical thesis, it is lightweight, being not much more than a post-facto justification of a highly contentious thesis (in other words, a circular argument using anachronical interpretations), given Kircher's determined Jesuitical creed: he was making what light he could of unverifiable traditions.
There are other and much better works on the subject.
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