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Books: John Glassie's “A Man of Misconceptions' review.

December 10, 2012

This fascinating biography of the Renaissance polymath Athanasius Kircher explores the birth of modern science through the life of one of the last pre-modern geniuses. Born in Germany in 1602, Kircher rose to prominence as the author of sweeping studies on magnetism, optics, astronomy, hieroglyphics, alchemy, numerology, music, and . . . (Subscription required.)

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