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A Man of Misconceptions

Monday, December 10, 2012

John Glassie tells the unconventional story of Athanasius Kircher, the legendary 17th-century priest-scientist whose interests ranged from optics to music to magnetism to medicine. His inventions and theories for everything made him famous across Europe. Glassie’s book A Man of Misconceptions: The Life of an Eccentric in an Age of Change traces Kircher's rise, success, and eventual fall as he attempted to come to terms with a changing world.

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Ed from Larchmont

Many scientists of the time were priests, especially Jesuits, going back to the 1500s.

Dec. 10 2012 05:39 AM

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