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The Resource A man of misconceptions : the life of an eccentric in an age of change, John Glassie

A man of misconceptions : the life of an eccentric in an age of change, John Glassie

Label
A man of misconceptions : the life of an eccentric in an age of change
Title
A man of misconceptions
Title remainder
the life of an eccentric in an age of change
Statement of responsibility
John Glassie
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
"This is the vivid, unconventional story of Athanasius Kircher, the legendary seventeenth-century priest-scientist who was either a great genius or a colossal crackpot... or a bit of both. Kircher's interests knew no bounds. From optics to music to magnetism to medicine, he offered up inventions and theories for everything, and they made him famous across Europe. His celebrated museum in Rome featured magic lanterns, speaking statues, the tail of a mermaid, and a brick from the Tower of Babel. Holy Roman Emperors were his patrons, popes were his friends, and in his spare time he collaborated with the Baroque master Bernini. But Kircher lived during an era of radical transformation, in which the old approach to knowledge--what he called the 'art of knowing'--was giving way to the scientific method and modern thought. A Man of Misconceptions traces the rise, success, and eventual fall of this fascinating character as he attempted to come to terms with a changing world. With humor and insight, John Glassie returns Kircher to his rightful place as one of history's most unforgettable figures."--book jacket
Biography type
individual biography
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Glassie, John
Dewey number
  • 943/.041092
  • B
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
CT1098.K46
LC item number
G53 2012
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Kircher, Athanasius
  • Scientists
  • Intellectuals
  • Eccentrics and eccentricities
  • Germany
  • Germany
  • Science
  • Germany
Label
A man of misconceptions : the life of an eccentric in an age of change, John Glassie
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 317-324) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Apologetic Forerunner to This Kircherian Study -- Part One -- Incapable of Resisting the Force -- Inevitable Obstacles -- A Source of Great Fear -- Scenic Proceedings -- Chief Inciter of Action -- Beautiful Reports -- Part Two -- Secret Exotic Matters -- Habitation of Hell -- The Magnet -- An Innumerable Multitude of Catoptric Cats -- Four Rivers -- Egyptian Oedipus -- The Admiration of the Ignorant -- Little Worms -- Philosophical Transactions -- Underground World -- A Dream -- Everything -- Part Three -- Not As It Was -- Immune and Exempt -- Mentorella -- Closest of All to the Truth -- The Strangest Development
Control code
ocn785077609
Dimensions
22 cm
Extent
xvi, 333 pages
Isbn
9781594488719
Lccn
2012026023
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)785077609
Label
A man of misconceptions : the life of an eccentric in an age of change, John Glassie
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 317-324) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Apologetic Forerunner to This Kircherian Study -- Part One -- Incapable of Resisting the Force -- Inevitable Obstacles -- A Source of Great Fear -- Scenic Proceedings -- Chief Inciter of Action -- Beautiful Reports -- Part Two -- Secret Exotic Matters -- Habitation of Hell -- The Magnet -- An Innumerable Multitude of Catoptric Cats -- Four Rivers -- Egyptian Oedipus -- The Admiration of the Ignorant -- Little Worms -- Philosophical Transactions -- Underground World -- A Dream -- Everything -- Part Three -- Not As It Was -- Immune and Exempt -- Mentorella -- Closest of All to the Truth -- The Strangest Development
Control code
ocn785077609
Dimensions
22 cm
Extent
xvi, 333 pages
Isbn
9781594488719
Lccn
2012026023
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)785077609

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