By E. J. Holmyard
Alchemy is believed 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 center 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 entire males as Roger Bacon, Thomas Aquinas, Sir Thomas Browne and Isaac Newton got interested in alchemical matters.
In its look for the "Philosopher's Stone" that will transmute base metals into silver and gold, alchemy took on many philosophical, spiritual and mystical overtones. those and lots of different aspects of alchemy are explored with huge, immense perception and erudition during this vintage paintings. E. J. Holmyard, a famous pupil within the box, starts off with the alchemists of historical Greece and China and is going directly to speak about alchemical gear, Islamic and early Western alchemy; symptoms, symbols, and mystery phrases; Paracelsus; English, Scottish and French alchemists; Helvetius, rate, and Semler, and masses more.
Ranging over millennia of alchemical background, Mr. Holmyard exhibits how, like astrology and witchcraft, alchemy was once an essential component of the pre-scientific ethical order, arousing the cupidity of princes, the blind worry of mobs and the highbrow interest of discovered males. ultimately, in spite of the fact that, with the arrival and ascension of the medical procedure, the hopes and ideas of the alchemists light 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 booklet. scholars of alchemy, chemistry, the background of technology, and the occult, plus somebody drawn to the beginning and evolution of 1 of mankind's such a lot enduring and influential myths, may want to have a duplicate of this masterly examine.
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