The Great Renaissance Polymath Who Got Everything (Well, Not Everything) Wrong "[His] thirty-six books enticed the mind with their vast and encyclopedic erudition." He understood myriad languages and fields of study. But he made up bodies of "knowledge" out of whole cloth, and "if he were around today, he would probably claim to have written Wikipedia single-handedly." Meet Father Athanasius Kircher.
The Nation 04/22/13