The seventeenth-century Jesuit polymath Athanasius Kircher, who created a museum of curiosities, antiquities and inventions in the Collegio Romano and published over thirty books on virtually every imaginable domain of knowledge, has recently become the subject of renewed interest. Among other things, his museum has been reconstructed in David Wilson's Museum of Jurassic Technology and an exhibit will open in Rome in winter 2001. Many of his manuscripts are now available on-line through the Athanasius Kircher Correspondence Project.
This conference inaugarates an exhibit of the Athanasius Kircher Collection, recently acquired by Special Collections, Stanford University Library. It brings together an international group of scholars from many disciplines who are exploring the society and culture of Baroque Europe through the world and world of Kircher.
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