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The aspiring adept : Robert Boyle and his alchemical quest : including Boyle's "lost" Dialogue on the transmutation of metals

Author: Lawrence Principe; Robert Boyle
Publisher: Princeton, N.J. : Princeton University Press, ©1998.
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The Aspiring Adept presents a provocative new view of Robert Boyle (1627-1691), one of the leading figures of the Scientific Revolution, by revealing for the first time his avid and lifelong pursuit of alchemy. Boyle has traditionally been considered, along with Newton, a founder of modern science because of his mechanical philosophy and his experimentation with the air-pump and other early scientific apparatus.  Read more...
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Named Person: Robert Boyle; Robert Boyle; Robert Boyle; Robert Boyle; Robert Boyle
Material Type: Biography, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Lawrence Principe; Robert Boyle
ISBN: 069101678X 9780691016788 0691050821 9780691050829
OCLC Number: 37837623
Description: xiv, 339 p. ; 25 cm.
Contents: Alchemy and Chemistry: A Crucial Note on Terminology and Categories --
Ch. I. Boyle Spagyricized --
Ch. II. Skeptical of the Sceptical Chymist --
Ch. III. The Dialogue on Transmutation, Kinds of Transmutations, and Boyle's Beliefs --
Ch. IV. Adepti, Aspirants, and Cheats --
Ch. V. Boyle and Alchemical Practice --
Ch. VI. Motivations: Truth, Medicine, and Religion --
Epilogue: A New Boyle and a New Alchemy --
App. 1. Robert Boyle's Dialogue on the Transmutation and Melioration of Metals --
App. 2. Interview Accounts of Transmutation and Prefaces to Boyle's Other Chrysopoetic Writings --
App. 3. Dialogue on the Converse with Angels Aided by the Philosophers' Stone.
Responsibility: Lawrence M. Principe.
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This volume examines the work of Robert Boyle (1627-1691), one of the leading figures of the Scientific Revolution. The author reinterprets Boyle's "The Sceptical Chymist", aiming to show that it  Read more...

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