Kircher's book on magnetism, 1643

Kircher's book on magnetism, 1643

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Caption: Kircher's book on magnetism. Title page of the 1643 second edition of Magnes sive de arte magnetica (Magnet or the Magnetic Art), by the German Jesuit scholar Athanasius Kircher (circa 1601-1680). This book, originally published in 1641, included theories on magnetism, gravity and love. The text here is in Latin, with the author's name at top. This is followed by references to Kircher being a Jesuit and a mathematician teaching at the Collegio Romano, in Rome, Italy. The book title is followed by a description of the book's contents, a note that this second edition has been updated with corrections, and publication details and dates (bottom).

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