The Stars of Galileo Galilei and the Universal Knowledge of Athanasius Kircher

The Stars of Galileo Galilei and the Universal Knowledge of Athanasius Kircher

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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 Kirchera€™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. Galileoa€™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 a€œwinnera€ in the comparison with Kircher, the latter achieved extraordinary insights by unconventional means. For all Galileoa€™s fine work, the author believes that scientists do need to regain the power of dreaming, vindicating Kirchnera€™s view.In the seventeenth century, the concept of void is a serious problem, because Aristotle, on the basis of physical and ... montare un capello piA¹ di diciotto braccia : e siano le trombe larghe o strette, questa Au la misura della#39;altezza limitatissimaa#39;a#39;.


Title:The Stars of Galileo Galilei and the Universal Knowledge of Athanasius Kircher
Author:Roberto Buonanno
Publisher:Springer Science & Business Media - 2014-01-31
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