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By Paula Findlen

I have learn much approximately this guy and used to be shocked to discover a e-book approximately him in my neighborhood book place. besides the fact that, i used to be dissapointed whilst i ultimately set out to examining the publication and really bought so bored i did not end it!

It regrettably reads like a persons' Masters thesis. This try out at writing is abissmal, and will by no means were revealed sooner than a good (mass-market) editor checked out it. might have been much better is basically all i am announcing.

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It unlocked nature’s hieroglyph by explaining the system of the earth that produced a wide variety of compelling natural phenomena, from erupting volcanoes to the most puzzling fossils. It attacked traditional alchemy while offering up a newly pious version of the transmutation of substance. Most importantly, it described nature in the broadest geographic sense, building on the kind of data that had made the Magnes an equally impressive example of Jesuit empiricism at work. 122 The Mundus was not a work written to meet the Royal Society’s criteria of an experimental report of natural phenomena.

PgsI 5/13/04 2:32 PM Page 21 The Last Man Who Knew Everything . . or Did He? 63 But from that moment on, Kircher became convinced that understanding the natural world, in a broad sense, was as fundamental as deciphering the hieroglyphs. 64 Yet he also realized that there were many other puzzling natural phenomena that might yield information the magnet alone could not offer. Gradually his studies expanded to include virtually every crucial question of natural philosophy in the 1640s and 1650s.

It unlocked nature’s hieroglyph by explaining the system of the earth that produced a wide variety of compelling natural phenomena, from erupting volcanoes to the most puzzling fossils. It attacked traditional alchemy while offering up a newly pious version of the transmutation of substance. Most importantly, it described nature in the broadest geographic sense, building on the kind of data that had made the Magnes an equally impressive example of Jesuit empiricism at work. 122 The Mundus was not a work written to meet the Royal Society’s criteria of an experimental report of natural phenomena.

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