Jesuit Science and the End of Nature’s Secrets

Jesuit Science and the End of Nature’s Secrets

Mark A. Waddell

Jesuit technology and the tip of Nature’s secrets and techniques explores how a number of fashionable 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 motives lay on the middle of the early smooth examine of nature, and integrated phenomena corresponding to the job of the magnet, the tremendous powers ascribed to convinced animals and crops, and the hidden, harmful forces churning within the depths of the Earth. whereas this used to be a undertaking embraced by way of such a lot early glossy naturalists, despite the fact that, the e-book demonstrates that the Jesuits have been uniquely suited for the examine of nature’s hidden secrets and techniques as a result advanced equipment of contemplation and meditation enshrined on the middle in their spirituality.

Divided into six chapters, the paintings records how specific Jesuits sought to bare and divulge nature’s myriad secrets and techniques via an cutting edge mixing of expertise, imagery, and scan. relocating past the traditional Aristotelianism mandated by way of 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 e-book therefore not just provides a story that demanding situations present-day assumptions concerning the position performed by way of Catholic non secular groups within the formation of contemporary technological know-how, but in addition captures the exuberance and inventiveness of the early glossy research of nature

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