Alchemy Tried in the Fire : Starkey, Boyle, and the Fate of Helmontian Chymistry. (eBook, 2010) [WorldCat.org]
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Alchemy Tried in the Fire : Starkey, Boyle, and the Fate of Helmontian Chymistry.

Author: William R Newman; Lawrence M Principe
Publisher: Chicago [Ill.] : University of Chicago Press, ©2002.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Winner of the 2005 Pfizer Prize from the History of Science Society. What actually took place in the private laboratory of a mid-seventeenth century alchemist? How did he direct his quest after the secrets of Nature? What instruments and theoretical principles did he employ?Using, as their guide, the previously misunderstood interactions between Robert Boyle, widely known as ""the father of chemistry, "" and George  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
History
Named Person: Robert Boyle; George Starkey; Robert Boyle; George Starkey
Material Type: Document
Document Type: Book, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: William R Newman; Lawrence M Principe
ISBN: 0226577112 9780226577111
OCLC Number: 990409235
Language Note: English.
Description: 1 online resource (361 pages)
Contents: List of Figures; Acknowledgments; Preface; Abbreviations; Introduction; 1. Worlds Apart; 2. Number, Weight, Measure, and Experiment in Chymistry: From the Medievals to Van Helmont; 3. Theory and Practice: Starkey's Laboratory Methodology; 4. Scholasticism, Metallurgy, and Secrecy in the Laboratory: The Style and Origin of Starkey's Notebooks; 5. Starkey, Boyle, and Chymistry in the Hartlib Circle; 6. The Legacy of Van Helmont's and Starkey's Chymistry: Boyle, Homberg, and the Chemical Revolution; Conclusion; Works Cited; Index.
Other Titles: Alchemy tried in the fire: Starkey, Boyle, and the fate of Helmontian chymistry

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Winner of the 2005 Pfizer Prize from the History of Science Society. What actually took place in the private laboratory of a mid-seventeenth century alchemist? How did he direct his quest after the secrets of Nature? What instruments and theoretical principles did he employ?Using, as their guide, the previously misunderstood interactions between Robert Boyle, widely known as ""the father of chemistry, "" and George Starkey, an alchemist and the most prominent American scientific writer before Benjamin Franklin as their guide, Newman and Principe reveal the hitherto hidden leaf.

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