Athanasius Kircher (1601 -1680) was a learned Jesuit who published a treatise on Noah’s Ark and the effect of the flood on the earth’s land surfaces. He made a number of scientific studies which anticipated later breakthroughs, including the partial deciphering of Egyptian hieroglyphics and the germ theory of disease. He invented a magic lantern, an aeolian harp and other devices.
Excerpted from Men of Science, Men of God by Henry M. Morris. Copyright 1982, 1985 by Henry M. Morris. Used by permission.