Hunting the Divine Mind

Scientific research in Kircher’s day still had something half-magical about it, and its purpose was nothing less than to penetrate the workings of the Divine Mind. This was the ambition that spurred Athanasius Kircher [circa 1601 – 1680], and it was the self-same goal that inspired many of his scientific contemporaries, from Kepler to Newton.

Joscelyn Godwin, Athanasius Kircher: A Renaissance Man and the Quest for Lost Knowledge, p. 5



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