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The secrets of alchemy

Author: Lawrence Principe
Publisher: Chicago ; London : University of Chicago Press, 2013.
Series: Synthesis (University of Chicago. Press)
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"In The Secrets of Alchemy, Lawrence M. Principe, one of the world's leading authorities on the subject, brings alchemy out of the shadows and restores it to its important place in human history and culture. By surveying what alchemy was and how it began, developed, and overlapped with a range of ideas and pursuits, Principe illuminates the practice. He vividly depicts the place of alchemy during its heyday in early  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Lawrence Principe
ISBN: 9780226682952 0226682951 022610379X 9780226103792
OCLC Number: 781432393
Description: v, 281 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm.
Contents: What is alchemy? --
Origins : Graeco-Egyptian chemeia --
Development : Arabic al-kīmiyā --
Maturity : Medieval Latin alchemia --
Redefinitions, revivals, and reinterpretations : alchemy from the eighteenth century to the present --
The golden age : practicing chymistry in the early modern period --
Unveiling the secrets --
The wider world of chymistry.
Series Title: Synthesis (University of Chicago. Press)
Responsibility: Lawrence M. Principe.

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