The Man Who Knew Everything: The Strange Life of Athanasius Kircher

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By Marilee Peters, Illustrations by Roxanna Bikadoroff

Athanasius Kircher, a 17th-century German Jesuit and scientist, has been described as the last Renaissance man, the first postmodernist, and “the man who knew everything.” This biography in the form of a children's book celebrates Kircher’s insatiable curiosity, his willingness to ask questions and to suggest answers, even when he sometimes got it wrong. The dramatic story of Kircher’s life is complemented by delightful contemporary illustrations and full-color re-creations of seventeenth-century etchings.

Annick Press, 2017, softcover, 60 pages, color illustrations