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Labyrinth by Athanasius Kircher by quadralectics, via Flickr

One of the most famous plates from Kircher’s Musurgia Universalis is this engraving depicting musical notation of bird songs.

Athanasius Kircher, S.J., was a 17th-century German Jesuit scholar who published around 40 works, most notably in the fields of oriental studies, geology, and medicine. Kircher has been considered the true "founder of Egyptology", because his work was conducted "before the discovery of the Rosetta Stone rendered Egyptian hieroglyphics comprehensible to scholars". He also recognised the relationship between the hieratic and hieroglyphic scripts.

Athanasius Kircher's Musurgia Universalis (Rome: 1650).This seminal works of musicology in two volumes seem to have been hugely influential on the works of J.S.Bach (1685-1750) and Beethoven (1770-1827)

Diagrams of the different world systems, Ptolemaic, Platonic, Egyptian, Copernican, Tychonic and semi-Tychonic from Iter Exstaticum (1671 ed.) p. 37

Athanasii Kircheri E Soc. Jesu China Monumentis, Qua Sacris quà Profanis, Nec non variis Naturæ & Artis Spectaculis, Aliarumque rerum memorabilium Argumentis Illustrata, auspiciis Leopold Primi, Roman, Imper. semper Augusti, Munificentißimi Mecænatis (1667)