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Athanasius Kircher s Theatre of the World: The Life and Work of the Last Man to Search for Universal Knowledge (Hardback)

Joscelyn Godwin

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ISBN 10: 1594773297 / ISBN 13: 9781594773297
Edité par Inner Traditions International, United States, 2009
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Language: English . Brand New Book. A major study of both the written and pictorial work of a neglected genius whose breadth of interest made him the last Renaissance man - Fully examines every area of Kircher s wide field of study and accomplishment - Magnificently illustrated with the stunning engravings from Kircher s work Jesuit, linguist, archaeologist, and exceptional scholar, Athanasius Kircher (1602-1680) was the last true Renaissance man. To Kircher the entire world was a glorious manifestation of God whose exploration was both a scientific quest and a religious experience. His works on Egyptology (he is credited with being the first Egyptologist), music, optics, magnetism, geology, and comparative religion were the definitive texts of their time--and yet they represent only a part of his vast range of knowledge. A Christian Hermeticist in the mold of Marsilio Ficino and Pico della Mirandola, his work also examined alchemy, the Kabbalah, and the Egyptian mystery tradition exemplified by Hermes Trismegistus. The Hermetic cast of Kircher s thought, which was foreign to the concerns of those propelling the Age of Reason, coupled with the breadth of his interests, caused many of his contributions to be widely overlooked--an oversight now masterfully rectified by Joscelyn Godwin. It has been said that Kircher could think only in images. While this is an exaggeration, the stunning engravings that are a distinguishing feature of his work are included here so we may fully appreciate and see for ourselves the life work, philosophy, and achievements of the last man who knew everything. N° de réf. du libraire AAS9781594773297

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Jesuit, linguist, archaeologist and exceptional scholar, Athanasius Kircher (1602-1680) was the last true Renaissance man. To Kircher the entire world was a glorious manifestation of God whose exploration was both a scientific quest and a religious experience. His works on Egyptology (he is credited with being the first Egyptologist), music, optics, magnetism, geology, and comparative religion were the definitive texts of their time--and yet they represent only a part of his vast range of knowledge. A Christian Hermeticist in the mold of Marsilio Ficino and Pico della Mirandola, his work also examined alchemy, the Kabbalah, and the Egyptian mystery tradition exemplified by Hermes Trismegistus. The Hermetic cast of Kircher s thought, which was foreign to the concerns of those propelling the Age of Reason, coupled with the breadth of his interests, caused many of his contributions to be widely overlooked--an oversight now masterfully rectified by Joscelyn Godwin. It has been said that Kircher could think only in images. While this is an exaggeration, the stunning engravings that are a distinguishing feature of his work are included here so we may fully appreciate and see for ourselves the life work, philosophy, and achievements of the last man who knew everything.

Critique: 'A masterly study ... a superbly handsome volume with more than 400 illustrations, many of the most extraordinary kind ... [an] absorbing and utterly wonderful book' --The Times Higher Education Supplement

'The best general introduction to the man available' --The Art Newspaper

'A vast treasure trove of work ... Godwin deserves considerable praise for his close observation and background research' --Building Design

'Beautiful' --The Financial Times

'[A] vast and beautiful book'
--Spectator

'The author and the publisher have taken real, prolonged and exhaustive pains to make a beautiful book, and succeeded'
--Philip Pullman, The Guardian

'A fascinating history of the last great Renaissance polymath'
--The Birmingham Post

'An encyclopaedic feast of extraordinary images, all fascinating, and many exotic or bizarre'
--Temenos Academy Review

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Titre : Athanasius Kircher s Theatre of the World: ...

Éditeur : Inner Traditions International, United States

Date d'édition : 2009

Reliure : Hardback

Etat du livre : New

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