Institute and Museum of History of Science, Florence, ITALY
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Born at Geisa, in Germany, he
entered the Society of Jesus in 1616. He first read mathematics and
philosophy at Würzburg, then moved to Avignon, then lastly to
Rome, where, around 1638, he was called upon to teach mathematics
in the Collegio Romano. He was a prolific writer of European fame,
the author of many works dedicated to diverse fields of knowledge,
from philology to physics, sacred writings, astronomy, natural history,
mathematics, music, egyptology, geography and Chinese civilisation.
Among the scientific works, we should note the Magnes, sive de
ars magnetica (1641), the Ars magna lucis et umbrae (1645),
the Mundus subterraneus (1665), the Organum mathematicum
(1668) and the Musurgia universalis (1650).