Thursday, June 22, 2006

My Dear Athanasius...

I have fallen in love all over again.

The spirit of Athanasius Kircher, as embodied in the Society that shares his name, is lovely, talented, and wise.

Here are a few treasures from the Kircher Society's blog:

Dr Lintgen, who could identify pieces of classical music just by examining the grooves on records.

Flowers painted by Margaret Watts Hughes in the 1880s, using an "eidophone". This invention allowed Hughes to create images using only her voice.

Franz Reichelt in the suit that he hoped would enable him to fly. In 1911, he wore it in a leap from the top of the Eiffel Tower. Apparently, he left a rather substanial crater at its base.

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