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Alchemy

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Alchemy is thought to have originated over 2000 years ago in Hellenic Egypt, the result of three converging streams: Greek philosophy, Egyptian technology and the mysticism of Middle Eastern religions. Its heyday was from about 800 A.D. to the middle of the seventeenth century, and its practitioners ranged from kings, popes, and emperors to minor clergy, parish clerks, smiths, dyers, and tinkers. Even such accomplished men as Roger Bacon, Thomas Aquinas, Sir Thomas Browne and Isaac Newton took an interest in alchemical matters.

In its search for the "Philosopher's Stone" that would transmute base metals into silver and gold, alchemy took on many philosophical, religious and mystical overtones. These and many other facets of alchemy are explored with enormous insight and erudition in this classic work. E. J. Holmyard, a noted scholar in the field, begins with the alchemists of ancient Greece and China and goes on to discuss alchemical apparatus, Islamic and early Western alchemy; signs, symbols, and secret terms; Paracelsus; English, Scottish and French alchemists; Helvetius, Price, and Semler, and much more.

Ranging over two millennia of alchemical history, Mr. Holmyard shows how, like astrology and witchcraft, alchemy was an integral part of the pre-scientific moral order, arousing the cupidity of princes, the blind fear of mobs and the intellectual curiosity of learned men. Eventually, however, with the advent and ascension of the scientific method, the hopes and ideas of the alchemists faded to the status of "pseudo-science." That transformation, as well as alchemy's undeniable role as a precursor of modern chemistry, are brilliantly illuminated in this book. Students of alchemy, chemistry, the history of science, and the occult, plus anyone interested in the origin and evolution of one of mankind's most enduring and influential myths, will want to have a copy of this masterly study.

Synopsis:

Classic study by noted authority covers 2,000 years of alchemical history: religious, mystical overtones; apparatus; signs, symbols, and secret terms; advent of scientific method, much more. Illustrated.

Synopsis:

Classic study by noted scholar ranges over 2,000 years of alchemy: ancient Greek and Chinese alchemy, alchemical apparatus, Islamic and early Western alchemy; signs, symbols, and secret terms; Paracelsus, English and Scottish alchemists, and more. Erudite coverage of philosophical, religious, mystical overtones; replacement of alchemy by scientific method, more. Illustrated.

Table of Contents

LIST OF TEXT FIGURES

LIST OF PLATES

AUTHORITIES

1. INTRODUCTORY

2. THE GREEK ALCHEMISTS

3. CHINESE ALCHEMY

4. ALCHEMICAL APPARATUS

5. ISLAMIC ALCHEMY

6. EARLY WESTERN ALCHEMY

7. "SIGNS, SYMBOLS, AND SECRET TERMS"

8. PARACELSUS

9. SOME ENGLISH ALCHEMISTS

10. SCOTTISH ALCHEMISTS

11. TWO FRENCH ALCHEMISTS

12. "HELVETIUS, PRICE, AND SEMLER"

EPILOGUE

GLOSSARY

INDEX

Product Details

ISBN:
9780486262987
Author:
Holmyard, E. J.
Author:
Holmyard, Eric John
Author:
Holmyard, E. J.
Author:
Engineering
Publisher:
Dover Publications
Location:
New York :
Subject:
General science
Subject:
Chemistry - General
Subject:
Psychology
Subject:
Occult sciences and parapsychology
Subject:
Occultism
Subject:
Magick Studies
Subject:
Alchemy
Subject:
General Science
Subject:
History
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Series:
Dover Books on Engineering
Series Volume:
143
Publication Date:
19900431
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
320
Dimensions:
8.5 x 5.38 in 0.73 lb

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Classic study by noted authority covers 2,000 years of alchemical history: religious, mystical overtones; apparatus; signs, symbols, and secret terms; advent of scientific method, much more. Illustrated.
"Synopsis" by ,
Classic study by noted scholar ranges over 2,000 years of alchemy: ancient Greek and Chinese alchemy, alchemical apparatus, Islamic and early Western alchemy; signs, symbols, and secret terms; Paracelsus, English and Scottish alchemists, and more. Erudite coverage of philosophical, religious, mystical overtones; replacement of alchemy by scientific method, more. Illustrated.
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