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Fri December 28, 2012
The Renaissance Man Who Got It All Wrong
Originally published on Fri December 28, 2012 1:03 pm
In A Man of Misconceptions: The Life of an Eccentric in an Age of Change, John Glassie writes of 17th-century Jesuit priest and scientist Athanasius Kircher, a renaissance man who studied magnetism, Mount Vesuvius, even the blood of plague victims. The only problem? His theories were often wrong.