By William R. Newman, Lawrence M. Principe

ISBN-10: 0226577023

ISBN-13: 9780226577029

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 ideas did he employ?

Using, as their advisor, the formerly misunderstood interactions among Robert Boyle, widely recognized as "the father of chemistry," and George Starkey, an alchemist and the main trendy American clinical author prior to Benjamin Franklin as their advisor, Newman and Principe display the hitherto hidden laboratory operations of a well-known alchemist and argue that the various ideas and practices attribute of recent chemistry derive from alchemy. by means of examining Starkey's amazing laboratory notebooks, the authors exhibit how this American "chymist" translated the wildly figurative writings of conventional alchemy into quantitative, rigorously 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 vital determine in seventeenth-century "chymistry." a standard emphasis on quantification, fabric construction, and analysis/synthesis, the authors argue, illustrates a continuity of ambitions and practices from past due medieval alchemy right down to and past the Chemical Revolution.

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

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