Alchemy and Alchemists

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Oldcastle Books, 19 okt. 2011 - 160 pagina's
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Alchemy has traditionally been viewed as 'the history of an error', an example of mediaeval gullibility and greed, in which alchemists tried to turn lead into gold, create fabulous wealth and find the elixir of life. But alchemy has also been described as 'the mightiest secret that a man can possess', and it obsessed the likes of Isaac Newton, Robert Boyle and many of the founders of modern science. This book explores the history of the so-called Royal Art, from its mysterious beginnings in Egypt and China, through the Hellenistic world and the early years of Islam and into mediaeval Europe

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A brief look at alchemy through the ages. Focuses on some of the influential practicing alchemists and how they affected modern sciences. Interesting, but a little too basic for my tastes, and ... Volledige review lezen

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Sean Martin is a writer, poet and filmmaker. He has written books on The Knights Templar, Alchemy and Alchemists, The Gnostics, The Cathars, Andrei Tarkovsky and New Waves in Cinema.

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