Kircher illustrates why the tower of Babel could not reach the nearest heavenly body - the moon. He calculated that to do so the tower had to be 178 672 miles high and it's mass would tip the balance of the planet resulting in various cataclysms.


  • Title: The tower of Babel
  • Creator: Athanasius Kircher
  • Date Created: 1679
  • Location Created: Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • Type: Book
  • Rights: Vilnius University Library
  • Medium: Engraving

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