Athanasius Kircher: A magnetic bird (Archytas pigeon)

[ZB Magnet 3] Athanasius Kircher (1601-1680), Magnes sive De arte magnetica tripartium ( Köln: Iodocus Kalcoven, 1643), Zentralbibliothek Zürich, Alte Drucke und Rara, Z 113, fol. 315

„Somewhere around the year 400 B.C., Archytas mystified and amused the citizens of Tarentum by flying a pigeon made of wood“, informs us Nasa’s „Brief history of rockets“. Kirchers adoption of Archytas’ pigeon  used magnetism as a  force for artificial movements in the air.

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