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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 heritage of technology Society.
 
What truly happened 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 ideas did he employ?

Using, as their advisor, the formerly misunderstood interactions among Robert Boyle, widely recognized as "the father of chemistry," and George Starkey, an alchemist and the main widespread American medical author prior to Benjamin Franklin as their advisor, Newman and Principe display the hitherto hidden laboratory operations of a recognized alchemist and argue that some of the ideas and practices attribute of contemporary chemistry derive from alchemy. via studying Starkey's remarkable laboratory notebooks, the authors express 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 fascinating "mystic" Joan Baptista Van Helmont—a favourite of Starkey, Boyle, or even of Lavoisier—emerges from this research as an incredibly important determine in seventeenth-century "chymistry." a standard emphasis on quantification, fabric construction, and analysis/synthesis, the authors argue, illustrates a continuity of ambitions and practices from past due medieval alchemy all the way down to and past the Chemical Revolution.

For a person who desires to know how alchemy used to be truly practiced throughout the medical Revolution and what it contributed to the advance of contemporary chemistry, Alchemy attempted within the Fire could be a veritable philosopher's stone.

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