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Athanasius Kircher

Athanasius Kircher (1602-1680) was a German Jesuit priest and polymath who spent most of his life in Rome.

Kircher published a large number of large books on a very wide variety of subjects, such as Egyptology, geology, and music theory. He was not always critical, and he had a tendency to fill the holes in his knowledge with mere speculations. Nevertheless, his works, written in Latin, had a wide circulation in those days, and they contributed to the dissemination of scientific information to a wider circle of readers.

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