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The secrets of alchemy

Author: Lawrence Principe
Publisher: Chicago, Ill. : University of Chicago Press ; Bristol : University Presses Marketing [distributor], 2012.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats

Though the history of alchemy is intricately linked to the history of chemistry, alchemy has nonetheless often been dismissed as the realm of myth and magic, or fraud and pseudoscience. This book  Read more...


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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Lawrence Principe
ISBN: 9780226682952 0226682951 9780226923789 0226923789
OCLC Number: 802293749
Description: pages 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.
Responsibility: Lawrence M. Principe.


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