Athanasius Kircher’s Subterranean World
How we imagined the sun in the 17th century, as illustrated in Athanasius Kircher’s Mundus Subterraneus (1665). I held this book in my hands this same time last year when installing a display of rare and antique books on selenography at College of Charleston.
Kircher (pronounced keersh-er), the German jesuit priest and scholar, is a celebrated polymath much like Leonardo da Vinci. Read about him, other polymaths, and the quest for knowledge in “Know it all,” a wonderful article by Larry Wolff in Boston College Magazine.