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First Published:  March 2004
Revised (substantive):  1 June 2021

Composite illustration casting Athanasius Kircher as THE SCIENTIST AS MYSTAGOGUE OF NATURE. Portrait engraving of Kircher in 1664 (age 62) is juxtaposed with a Greek inscription ("Nothing is more beautiful than to know the All") from a 1669 engraved title-page, and with a graphic presentation of the quotation from Kestler’s 1675 _Physiologia Kircheriana Experimentalis_ describing Kircher as "the most miraculous mystagogue of Nature, the great magician."

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