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Alchemy

Pumfrey, Stephen and Kassell, Lauren and Forshaw, Peter and Bragg, Melvyn (2009) Alchemy. In: In Our Time. Hodder and Stoughton, London, pp. 449-468. ISBN 978-0340977507

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Abstract

Alchemy is the ancient science of transformations. The most famous alchemical text is the Emerald Tablet, written around 500BC and attributed to the mythical Egyptian figure of Hermes Trismegistus. Among its twelve lines are the essential words - “as above, so below". They capture the essence of alchemy, that the heavens mirror the earth and that all things correspond to one another. Alchemy was taken up by some of the most extraordinary people in our intellectual development, including Roger Bacon, Paracelsus, the father of chemistry, Robert Boyle, and, most famously, Isaac Newton, who wrote more about alchemy than he did about physics. It is now contended that it was Newton’s studies into alchemy which gave him the fundamental insight into the famous three laws of motion and gravity.

Item Type: Contribution in Book/Report/Proceedings
Subjects: D History General and Old World > D History (General)
Departments: Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences > History
ID Code: 54959
Deposited By: ep_importer_pure
Deposited On: 07 Jun 2012 16:24
Refereed?: No
Published?: Published
Last Modified: 10 Apr 2014 01:11
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URI: http://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/54959

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