By E. J. Holmyard
Alchemy is assumed to have originated over 2000 years in the past in Hellenic Egypt, the results of 3 converging streams: Greek philosophy, Egyptian know-how and the mysticism of heart japanese religions. Its heyday was once from approximately 800 A.D. to the center of the 17th century, and its practitioners ranged from kings, popes, and emperors to minor clergy, parish clerks, smiths, dyers, and tinkers. Even such complete males as Roger Bacon, Thomas Aquinas, Sir Thomas Browne and Isaac Newton became interested in alchemical matters.
In its look for the "Philosopher's Stone" that may transmute base metals into silver and gold, alchemy took on many philosophical, spiritual and mystical overtones. those and lots of different elements of alchemy are explored with huge, immense perception and erudition during this vintage paintings. E. J. Holmyard, a famous student within the box, starts with the alchemists of historic Greece and China and is going directly to speak about alchemical equipment, Islamic and early Western alchemy; symptoms, symbols, and mystery phrases; Paracelsus; English, Scottish and French alchemists; Helvetius, expense, and Semler, and lots more and plenty more.
Ranging over millennia of alchemical background, Mr. Holmyard exhibits how, like astrology and witchcraft, alchemy was once a vital part of the pre-scientific ethical order, arousing the cupidity of princes, the blind worry of mobs and the highbrow interest of realized males. ultimately, notwithstanding, with the arrival and ascension of the clinical approach, the hopes and concepts of the alchemists pale to the prestige of "pseudo-science." That transformation, in addition to alchemy's indisputable position as a precursor of contemporary chemistry, are brilliantly illuminated during this ebook. scholars of alchemy, chemistry, the historical past of technology, and the occult, plus somebody attracted to the beginning and evolution of 1 of mankind's so much enduring and influential myths, probably want to have a duplicate of this masterly research.
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