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The stars of Galileo Galilei and the universal knowledge of Athanasius Kircher

Author: Roberto Buonanno; Giuliana Giobbi
Publisher: Cham : Springer, 2014.
Series: Astrophysics and space science library, v.399.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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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,  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
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Additional Physical Format: Printed edition:
Named Person: Athanasius Kircher; Galileo Galilei; Galileo Galilei; Athanasius Kircher
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Roberto Buonanno; Giuliana Giobbi
ISBN: 9783319003009 3319003003 3319002996 9783319002996 1306700736 9781306700733
OCLC Number: 870269266
Description: 1 online resource (xiii, 178 pages) : illustrations.
Contents: The World Theatre --
Watches and sunflowers rotating upon a motionless Earth --
Jesuits, scales and telescopes --
Light and shadows --
Spots upon an unchangeable Sun --
The Deluge --
Hieroglyphs and the dream of Universal Wisdom --
Crystal Skies and the circles of Hell --
Conclusion --
Galileo Galilei and Athanasius Kircher: parallel lives.
Series Title: Astrophysics and space science library, v.399.
Responsibility: Roberto Buonanno ; translation by Roberto Buonanno and Giuliana Giobbi.

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This book traces the careers of Athanasius Kircher and Galileo Galilei, reviewing Kircher's work translating hieroglyphs, developing sundials and even preceding Darwin in suggesting that animal  Read more...

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