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By William R. Newman, Lawrence M. Principe

Winner of the 2005 Pfizer Prize from the background of technological know-how Society.
 
What truly happened 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 advisor, the formerly misunderstood interactions among Robert Boyle, well known as "the father of chemistry," and George Starkey, an alchemist and the main well-known American clinical author ahead of Benjamin Franklin as their advisor, Newman and Principe exhibit 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 means of reading Starkey's remarkable 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 below the identify of Eirenaeus Philalethes. The exciting "mystic" Joan Baptista Van Helmont—a favourite of Starkey, Boyle, or even of Lavoisier—emerges from this examine as an incredibly principal determine in seventeenth-century "chymistry." a standard emphasis on quantification, fabric construction, and analysis/synthesis, the authors argue, illustrates a continuity of targets and practices from past due medieval alchemy all the way down to and past the Chemical Revolution.

For an individual who desires to know how alchemy used to be really practiced throughout the clinical Revolution and what it contributed to the advance of contemporary chemistry, Alchemy attempted within the Fire should be a veritable philosopher's stone.

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