Book ID: CBB135161948

The Stars of Galileo Galilei and the Universal Knowledge of Athanasius Kircher (2014)


Roberto Buonanno (Author)


Publication Date: 2014
Physical Details: 178 pp.
Language: English

In this fascinating book, the author traces the careers, ideas, discoveries, and inventions of two renowned scientists, Athanasius Kircher and Galileo Galilei, one a Jesuit, the other a sincere man of faith whose relations with the Jesuits deteriorated badly. The Author documents Kircher’s often intuitive work in many areas, including translating the hieroglyphs, developing sundials, and inventing the magic lantern, and explains how Kircher was a forerunner of Darwin in suggesting that animal species evolve. Galileo’s work on scales, telescopes, and sun spots is mapped and discussed, and care is taken to place his discoveries within their cultural environment. While Galileo is without doubt the “winner” in the comparison with Kircher, the latter achieved extraordinary insights by unconventional means. For all Galileo’s fine work, the author believes that scientists do need to regain the power of dreaming, vindicating Kirchner’s view.

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Authors & Contributors
Van Helden, Albert
Reeves, Eileen A.
Boulier, Philippe
Oddbjørn Engvold
Jack B. Zirker
Ago, Renata
Galilæana: Journal of Galilean Studies
History of Science
Studies in History and Philosophy of Science
NTM: Zeitschrift für Geschichte der Naturwissenschaften, Technik und Medizin
Metascience: An International Review Journal for the History, Philosophy and Social Studies of Science
University of Chicago Press
Hackett Publishing Company
Cambridge University Press
Science and religion
Roman Catholic Church
Galilei, Galileo
Kircher, Athanasius
Clavius, Christopher
Lembo, Giovanni Paolo
Spinoza, Baruch
Scheiner, Christoph
Time Periods
17th century
21st century
20th century
19th century
18th century
16th century
Velha Goa (India)
Rome (Italy)
Persia (Iran)
Jesuits (Society of Jesus)
Museo del Collegio Romano

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