Alchemy

Alchemy Classic study by noted scholar ranges over years of alchemy ancient Greek and Chinese alchemy alchemical apparatus Islamic and early Western alchemy signs symbols and secret terms Paracelsus

  • Title: Alchemy
  • Author: E.J. Holmyard
  • ISBN: 9780486262987
  • Page: 353
  • Format: Paperback
  • 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 Erudite coverage of philosophical, religious, mystical overtones replacement of alchemy by scientific method, IllustrateClassic 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 Erudite coverage of philosophical, religious, mystical overtones replacement of alchemy by scientific method, Illustrated.

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    1. Seems to be a general history of the art. I consider myself well versed in it, but am always interested in generalities. This is mainly due to each of these general studies offering up a good bibliography of ancient sources which I can then follow up on for specifics. I'll post a more detailed review when done. Some of these books look to be general studies and then end up surprising you with an unknown gem or two.

    2. A brief, occasionally amusing history of the ideas and personalities behind alchemical art/science from ancient Greece to early modern Europe. As a history of science it's so-so: I'd describe it as more of a compendium of diverting stories and anecdotes rather than an engaging analysis of the (pseudo)scientific ideas that made up alchemy. Typically, the author quotes lengthy and obscure passages from various alchemical treatises, but doesn't make the effort to analyze or explicate them within a [...]

    3. Volevo un misero saggio sull'Alchimia non un libro da amare!Cazzo cazzo cazzo. L'ho amato dalla prima pagina, non volevo finirlo, volevo godermelo per sempre, rimanere insieme a quei tanti studiosi di tanto tempo fa. Volevo essere trasportato nella loro era e diventare loro apprendista, volevo vedere tutti gli insuccessi alla ricerca della Pietra Filosofale, volevo stare accanto a tutti i maestri che sono riusciti a crearla. Poi apro una piccola parentesi e la chiudo subito, ho amato tutti gli a [...]

    4. This book, published in 1957, is the oldest book I've ever read (The Picture of Dorian Gray is older, [1890] but my copy was published in 2001 so Alchemy is still the physically oldest book I've read). After doing a project on the periodic table and the elements, I decided I wanted to learn a bit about alchemy - and being a huge Harry Potter fan, some information about the history of and myths surrounding the philosopher's stone sounded cool too. I'm the kind of person who learns better out of b [...]

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