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Alchemy and alchemists

Author: Sean Martin
Publisher: Harpenden : Pocket Essentials, 2006.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Alchemy has traditionally been viewed as the history of an error', an example of mediaeval gullibility and greed, in which alchemists tried to turn lead into gold, create fabulous wealth and find the elixir of life. But alchemy has also been described as the mightiest secret that a man can possess', and it obsessed the likes of Isaac Newton, Robert Boyle and many of the founders of modern science. This book  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Electronic book
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Martin, Sean.
Alchemy and alchemists.
Harpenden : Pocket Essentials, 2006
(OCoLC)69486459
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Sean Martin
ISBN: 9781842435373 184243537X 9781904048626 1904048625 9781842435380 1842435388
OCLC Number: 78077261
Notes: Includes index.
Reproduction Notes: Electronic reproduction. [S.l.] : HathiTrust Digital Library, 2011. MiAaHDL
Description: 1 online resource (160 pages)
Details: Master and use copy. Digital master created according to Benchmark for Faithful Digital Reproductions of Monographs and Serials, Version 1. Digital Library Federation, December 2002.
Contents: Introduction: The History of an Error, or the Mightiest Secret that a Man can Possess? --
Basic Ideas and Themes --
Alchemy in the West --
Alchemy in the East --
Modern Alchemy --
The Golden Chain.
Responsibility: Sean Martin.

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"Alchemy has traditionally been viewed as the history of an error', an example of mediaeval gullibility and greed, in which alchemists tried to turn lead into gold, create fabulous wealth and find the elixir of life. But alchemy has also been described as the mightiest secret that a man can possess', and it obsessed the likes of Isaac Newton, Robert Boyle and many of the founders of modern science. This book explores the history of the so-called Royal Art, from its mysterious beginnings in Egypt and China, through the Hellenistic world and the early years of Islam and into mediaeval Europe"--EBL.

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