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    Kircher's Great Final Work on Magnetism

    Athanasius Kircher. Magneticum Naturae Regnum Sive Disceptatio Physiologica De triplici in Natura Magnete, iuxta triplicem eiusdem Naturae gradum digest Inanimato Animato Sensitivo Qua Occultae prodigiosarum quarundam motionum vires & proprietates, quae in triplici Naturae Oeconomia... Rome: Ignatius de Lazaris, 1667. First edition. Quarto. A-R4.[Lacks A1, extra-engraved title-page is in facsimile on old paper]. [2], 3 - 136 pages. Remboitage in old vellum, mildly stained and warped; bookplate of Manuel Baguilera, some light dampstaining, foxing. Later endleaves. Overall, a very good copy. From the Krown & Spellman Collection.
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    "In his third and final book on the subject, Magneticum Naturae Regnum, Kircher summarized and reasserted his findings, attributing phenomena as mundane as tastes and preferences, or as cosmic as gravitation, to the forces of magnetism. Ultimately, Kircher saw magnetic attraction and repulsion as the lingua franca of all creation, governing friendship, love, sympathy, hatred, chemical reactions, planetary action, heliotropic and selenitropic plants, medicinal plants and stones, the wind, hydraulics, the tides, musical harmony; even the nature of God himself, whom Kircher deemed 'the Central Magnet of the Universe'.

    As Science verges on a workable unified field theory, Kircher's intuitive philosophical understanding of the interdependency of all things seems less and less naive. In the words of Valentine Worth: 'All of nature in its awful vastness and incomprehensible complexity is in the end interrelated - worlds within worlds within worlds: the seen and the unseen - the physical and the immaterial are all connected - each exerting influence on the next - bound, as it were, by chains of analogy - magnetic chains. Every decision, every action mirrors, ripples, reflects and echoes throughout the whole of creation. The world is indeed bound with secret knots.' [Museum of Jurassic Technology web-site]

    "The author holds that every material in the world, organic or inorganic, is magnetic -- i.e., has some power of attracting or repelling. Hence the division into animal magnetism and mineral magnetism. The sun is considered to be the most magnetic of all bodies." [Wheeler Gift.]

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