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By William R. Newman, Lawrence M. Principe

Winner of the 2005 Pfizer Prize from the background of technology Society.
 
What truly came about within the inner most laboratory of a mid-seventeenth century alchemist? How did he direct his quest after the secrets and techniques of Nature? What tools and theoretical rules did he employ?

Using, as their consultant, the formerly misunderstood interactions among Robert Boyle, widely recognized as "the father of chemistry," and George Starkey, an alchemist and the main in demand American clinical author ahead of Benjamin Franklin as their consultant, Newman and Principe display the hitherto hidden laboratory operations of a well-known alchemist and argue that a few of the rules and practices attribute of recent chemistry derive from alchemy. by way of examining Starkey's awesome laboratory notebooks, the authors exhibit how this American "chymist" translated the wildly figurative writings of conventional alchemy into quantitative, conscientiously reasoned laboratory practice—and then encoded his personal paintings in allegorical, secretive treatises less than the identify of Eirenaeus Philalethes. The fascinating "mystic" Joan Baptista Van Helmont—a favourite of Starkey, Boyle, or even of Lavoisier—emerges from this learn as a shockingly primary determine in seventeenth-century "chymistry." a typical emphasis on quantification, fabric construction, and analysis/synthesis, the authors argue, illustrates a continuity of ambitions and practices from past due medieval alchemy all the way down to and past the Chemical Revolution.

For someone who desires to know how alchemy was once really practiced throughout the clinical Revolution and what it contributed to the advance of recent chemistry, Alchemy attempted within the Fire may be a veritable philosopher's stone.

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