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Andreas Libavius and the transformation of alchemy : separating chemical cultures with polemical fire

Author: Bruce T Moran
Publisher: Sagamore Beach, MA : Science History Publications/Watson Pub. International, 2007.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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What lots of people called chymia in the early seventeenth century was a subject that the physician, alchemist, and school teacher Andreas Libavius believed needed sorting out. He called it an art without an art. To establish what sort of thing chymia was would require rebuilding its definitions from the theoretical and practical ground up while cutting back the forest of obscure language and private meaning in  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
History
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Moran, Bruce T.
Andreas Libavius and the transformation of alchemy.
Sagamore Beach, MA : Science History Publications/Watson Pub. International, 2007
(OCoLC)607841486
Named Person: Andreas Libavius; Andreas Libavius; Andreas Libavius; Andreas Libavius
Material Type: Biography, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Bruce T Moran
ISBN: 9780881353952 0881353957
OCLC Number: 122309457
Description: vi, 344 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: Introduction: Placing Libavius, alchemy, and chymistry --
The school, the Schulfuchs, and the habits of language --
". . . et ut bene doceas, bene item distingue. . .:" distinguishing the true art of chymistry --
"One book opens another:" texts, enigmas, and transmutation --
Structures of practice and communities of meaning: the virile assault of Nicolas Guibert --
Libavius and religion: Scripture and the order of nature --
"Legal disorder," testimony, and the sites of sound judgement: Georg am Wald and Neoparacelsus --
Saving medicine by taking a beating --
Paracelsian deceit vs Hermetic certainty: brawling with Georg Graman and Henning Scheunemann --
A sickle in a foreign field: Libavius and the doctors at Paris --
The sons of unknown fathers: medical separations, philosophical mixtures, and The Triumph of Alchemy --
"What kind of vanity is that?" Controversy and the conceit of revealed knowledge: defending ancient learning and the "invisibles" of nature --
"They call us crazy:" vital philosophy and the deficiency of the arts --
Aristotelian possibilities: the "magisteria of occult qualities," aurum potabile, and the power of vipers --
Sorcery and an uncertain judgement about an uncertain thing: the weapon salve and bleeding cadavers --
Conclusion: Alchemy, artisans, and personality in the history of science and medicine.
Responsibility: Bruce T. Moran.
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What lots of people called chymia in the early seventeenth century was a subject that the physician, alchemist, and school teacher Andreas Libavius believed needed sorting out. He called it an art without an art. To establish what sort of thing chymia was would require rebuilding its definitions from the theoretical and practical ground up while cutting back the forest of obscure language and private meaning in which it existed. Libavius took on the job, and in thousands of pages of toughly worded criticism ranging over alchemical, moral, medical, philosophical, and religious topics wielded a polemical blade to huge effect.

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