Athanasius Kircher, S.J. was a German Jesuit scholar and polymath who published around 40 .. The Musurgia Universalis () sets out Kircher’s views on music: he believed that the harmony of music reflected the proportions of the. Musurgia universalis sive ars magna consoni et dissoni in. X. libros digesta. Romae: Ex typographia Haeredum Francisci. Corbelletti, Kircher, Athanasius. German born, Jesuit trained, Athanasius Kircher () survived the varied contemporary musical standing was his Musurgia universalis sire ars magna.

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Musurgia Universalis (Kircher, Athanasius)

The illustration below depicts a piazza-listening device: This was followed by his assignment to Heiligenstadtwhere he taught mathematicsHebrew and Syriacand produced athanasiuz show of fireworks and moving scenery for the visiting Elector Archbishop of Mainzshowing early evidence of his interest in mechanical devices. You are commenting using your Twitter account. The lowest part of the picture shows blacksmiths in a cave: A plan for a piazza-listening device: One of the first people to observe microbes through a microscopeKircher was ahead of his time in proposing that the plague was caused by an infectious microorganism and in suggesting effective measures to prevent the spread of the disease.

A full digital edition of this book can be viewed on the Hathi Trust database. Beginning inhe also began to show an interest in Egyptian hieroglyphs. Each type of wand corresponded to a particular metrical unit e. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. He interpreted mountain ranges as the Nusurgia skeletal structures exposed by weathering. The plate above, meanwhile, is from the section discussing Hebrew instruments.

They include what may be the first recorded drawings of complete bipartite graphsextending a similar technique used by Llull to visualize complete graphs.

The first modern study of hieroglyphics came with Piero Valeriano Bolzani ‘s Hieroglyphica[12] and Kircher was the most famous of the “decipherers” between ancient and modern times and the most famous Egyptologist of his day. There is no bookplate or marks of provenance, and very little sign of usage. Kircher professes the Boethian concept of musical harmonies’ mathematical correspondences within the body, the heavens, and the natural world, and concludes with a discussion of the unheard music of the nine angelic choirs and the Holy Trinity.


Our copy is outstanding for its finely hand coloured illustrations. Kircher, in this work, also describes various experiments with acoustic spaces and sound theory. Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: His importance was twofold: Other machines designed by Kircher include an aeolian harpautomatons such as a statue which spoke and listened via a speaking tubea perpetual motion machineand a Katzenklavier “cat piano”. The panel below bears a legend which translates as: Foremost among such pretenders must be mentioned Athanasius Kircher, who, in the 17th century, declared that he had found the key to the hieroglyphic inscriptions; the translations which he prints in his Oedipus Aegyptiacus are utter nonsense, but as they were put forth in a learned tongue many people at the time believed they were correct.


By the middle of the 17 th century the Jesuit missions had spread as far abroad as China, the Americas and Japan, and Kircher regularly communicated with these missions to add to his knowledge of the subject he was writing on.

The Marvellous sound world of 17th century”. Kircher had an early interest in Chinatelling his superior in that he wished to become a missionary to that country.

The various earbones are laid out for comparison: Please note that these pages are from our old pre website; the presentation of these pages may now appear outdated and may not always comply with current accessibility guidelines. It was a work of encyclopedic breadth, combining material of unequal quality, from accurate cartography to mythical elements, such as a study of dragons.

Athanasius Kircher SJ – ‘Musurgia Universalis’, – SOCKS

Whenever possible we try to attribute content images, videos, and quotes to their creators and kirchrr sources. Many surviving compositions by Frescobaldi, Froberger and other baroque masters are due to Kircher’s extensive transcriptions and reproductions of scores in Musurgia.

Once the phrase to be set had been analyzed into its fundamental syllabic units, each of these could be set to an example taken from a athanwsius of the appropriate type. One modern scholar, Alan Cutler, described Kircher as “a giant among seventeenth-century scholars”, and “one of the last thinkers who could rightfully claim all knowledge as his domain”. He also discussed the logistics of the Ark voyage, speculating unversalis whether extra livestock was brought to feed carnivores and what the daily schedule of feeding and caring for animals must have been.


He studied philosophy and theology at Paderborn[3] but fled to Cologne in to escape advancing Protestant forces.

Easy Lessons in Egyptian Hieroglyphics. An Outline of the Development of the Evolution Idea. Kircher’s interest in Egyptology began in when he became intrigued by a collection of hieroglyphs in the library at Speyer.

The German publishing house of Olm produced a facsimile edition of it in but it is already out of print. He published over 40 works during his life in widely varying fields such as medicine, optics, geology, natural philosophy and music. Athanadius from the stacks: He also advocated the universaliz of spontaneous generation. In his Polygraphia novaKircher proposed an artificial universal language.

University of Chicago Library. From to Kircher was sent to begin his regency period in Koblenz as a teacher. The triangle at univresalis top is the symbol of the Holy Trinity and sheds its rays over the whole of the top of the picture. His syncretic approach disregarded arhanasius boundaries between disciplines which are now conventional: Kircher was sent the Voynich Manuscript in by Johannes Marcus Marci in the hope of Kircher being athanwsius to decipher it. Kircher’s patron Peiresc had claimed that the clock’s motion supported the Copernican cosmological model, the argument being that musuria magnetic sphere in the clock was caused to rotate by the magnetic force of the sun.

The conclusion was correct, although it is likely that what he saw were in fact red or white blood cells and not the plague agent, Yersinia pestis. Hi Julia, Thank you athanasiuz the lovely comment. This large, two volume set was printed in copies by the Heirs of Francesco Corbelletti and Lodovico Grignani and copies were given to a large group of visiting Jesuits in who came to Rome from all over the world to elect a new Superior General.

He was also intrigued by the subterranean rumbling which he heard at the Strait of Messina. In the late 20th century, however, the aesthetic qualities of his work again began to be appreciated.