Jesuit Science and the End of Nature’s Secrets

Jesuit Science and the End of Nature’s Secrets

Mark A. Waddell

Jesuit technological know-how and the tip of Nature’s secrets and techniques explores how a number of favourite Jesuit naturalists - together with Niccolò Cabeo, Athanasius Kircher, and Gaspar Schott - tackled the matter of occult or insensible causation within the 17th century. the hunt for hidden reasons lay on the center of the early glossy examine of nature, and integrated phenomena equivalent to the task of the magnet, the great powers ascribed to definite animals and crops, and the hidden, damaging forces churning within the depths of the Earth. whereas this was once a venture embraced by way of such a lot early smooth naturalists, besides the fact that, the booklet demonstrates that the Jesuits have been uniquely suited for the research of nature’s hidden secrets and techniques as a result advanced tools of contemplation and meditation enshrined on the center in their spirituality.

Divided into six chapters, the paintings files how specific Jesuits sought to bare and divulge nature’s myriad secrets and techniques via an cutting edge mixing of know-how, imagery, and scan. relocating past the normal Aristotelianism mandated through the Society of Jesus, they set forth a imaginative and prescient of the realm that made happen the works of God as writer, irrespective of how deeply hidden these works have been. The ebook hence not just offers a story that demanding situations present-day assumptions concerning the position performed via Catholic non secular groups within the formation of contemporary technological know-how, but additionally captures the exuberance and inventiveness of the early sleek research of nature

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