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 Kircheras 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. Galileoas 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 awinnera in the comparison with Kircher, the latter achieved extraordinary insights by unconventional means. For all Galileoas fine work, the author believes that scientists do need to regain the power of dreaming, vindicating Kirchneras 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|
|Publisher||:||Springer Science & Business Media - 2014-01-31|