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By William R. Newman, Lawrence M. Principe

ISBN-10: 0226577023

ISBN-13: 9780226577029

Winner of the 2005 Pfizer Prize from the background of technology Society.
 
What truly came about within the deepest laboratory of a mid-seventeenth century alchemist? How did he direct his quest after the secrets and techniques of Nature? What tools and theoretical rules did he employ?

Using, as their consultant, the formerly misunderstood interactions among Robert Boyle, well known as "the father of chemistry," and George Starkey, an alchemist and the main admired American medical author earlier than Benjamin Franklin as their advisor, Newman and Principe exhibit the hitherto hidden laboratory operations of a well-known alchemist and argue that some of the ideas and practices attribute of recent chemistry derive from alchemy. via reading Starkey's striking laboratory notebooks, the authors convey how this American "chymist" translated the wildly figurative writings of conventional alchemy into quantitative, rigorously reasoned laboratory practice—and then encoded his personal paintings in allegorical, secretive treatises below the identify of Eirenaeus Philalethes. The exciting "mystic" Joan Baptista Van Helmont—a favourite of Starkey, Boyle, or even of Lavoisier—emerges from this examine as a shockingly significant determine in seventeenth-century "chymistry." a standard emphasis on quantification, fabric creation, and analysis/synthesis, the authors argue, illustrates a continuity of objectives and practices from overdue medieval alchemy all the way down to and past the Chemical Revolution.

For someone who desires to know how alchemy was once really practiced in the course of the clinical Revolution and what it contributed to the improvement of recent chemistry, Alchemy attempted within the Fire may be a veritable philosopher's stone.

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