The Secrets of Alchemy

Author: Lawrence Principe
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
ISBN: 9780226682952
Release Date: 2012-11-01
Genre: History

An accessible history of alchemy by a leading world authority explores its development and relationship with myriad disciplines and pursuits, tracing its heyday in early modern Europe while profiling some of history's most colorful alchemists and describing the author's recreation of famous alchemy recipes.

The Secrets of Alchemy

Author: Lawrence M. Principe
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
ISBN: 9780226923789
Release Date: 2012-12-10
Genre: History

In The Secrets of Alchemy, Lawrence M. Principe, one of the world’s leading authorities on the subject, brings alchemy out of the shadows and restores it to its important place in human history and culture. By surveying what alchemy was and how it began, developed, and overlapped with a range of ideas and pursuits, Principe illuminates the practice. He vividly depicts the place of alchemy during its heyday in early modern Europe, and then explores how alchemy has fit into wider views of the cosmos and humanity, touching on its enduring place in literature, fine art, theater, and religion as well as its recent acceptance as a serious subject of study for historians of science. In addition, he introduces the reader to some of the most fascinating alchemists, such as Zosimos and Basil Valentine, whose lives dot alchemy’s long reign from the third century and to the present day. Through his exploration of alchemists and their times, Principe pieces together closely guarded clues from obscure and fragmented texts to reveal alchemy’s secrets, and—most exciting for budding alchemists—uses them to recreate many of the most famous recipes in his lab, including those for the “glass of antimony” and “philosophers’ tree.” This unique approach brings the reader closer to the actual work of alchemy than any other book.

The Secrets of Alchemy

Author: Lawrence M. Principe
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
ISBN: 022610379X
Release Date: 2013-11-06
Genre: History

In The Secrets of Alchemy, Lawrence M. Principe, one of the world’s leading authorities on the subject, brings alchemy out of the shadows and restores it to its important place in human history and culture. By surveying what alchemy was and how it began, developed, and overlapped with a range of ideas and pursuits, Principe illuminates the practice. He vividly depicts the place of alchemy during its heyday in early modern Europe, and then explores how alchemy has fit into wider views of the cosmos and humanity, touching on its enduring place in literature, fine art, theater, and religion as well as its recent acceptance as a serious subject of study for historians of science. In addition, he introduces the reader to some of the most fascinating alchemists, such as Zosimos and Basil Valentine, whose lives dot alchemy’s long reign from the third century and to the present day. Through his exploration of alchemists and their times, Principe pieces together closely guarded clues from obscure and fragmented texts to reveal alchemy’s secrets, and—most exciting for budding alchemists—uses them to recreate many of the most famous recipes in his lab, including those for the “glass of antimony” and “philosophers’ tree.” This unique approach brings the reader closer to the actual work of alchemy than any other book.

The Book of the Secrets of Alchemy

Author: Constantino de Pisa
Publisher: BRILL
ISBN: 9004092889
Release Date: 1990
Genre: Science

The "Liber secretorum alchimie" is an attempt to introduce alchemy into Aristotle's science: manipulating metals, astronomy, astrology, geography and even theology are combined in these lecture notes taken by a 13th century medical student to make a fascinating review of themes which were hotly debated in medieval Italian university circles.

Secrets of the Alchemists

Author: Time-Life Books
Publisher: Time Life Medical
ISBN: PSU:000017828024
Release Date: 1991-03
Genre: Body, Mind & Spirit

An illustrated survey & history of alchemy & alchemists both past and present including the rich contributions from the Orient and the contributions on the path to modern medicine.

Embodying Osiris

Author: Thom F Cavalli
Publisher: Quest Books
ISBN: 9780835630504
Release Date: 2013-08-15
Genre: Religion

The modern Western movement to embrace Eastern spiritual traditions usually stops with India and the Orient. Westerners have yet to discover the wisdom that dates back even further to ancient Egypt. With a Jungian perspective, clinical psychologist Dr. Thom F. Cavalli plumbs that wisdom through the myth of Osiris, the green-skinned Egyptian god of vegetation and the Underworld. As no one else has done, Cavalli draws on Osiris’s death and resurrection as a guide to spiritual transformation. The myth represents the joining of the conscious and the unconscious, the light and the dark, life and death, and shows how to live our temporal existence in service to and anticipation of eternal life. Cavalli sees the ancient art of alchemy — which attempted to turn lead into gold — as the key. The alchemical recipe "solve et coagula" (solution and coagulation) encoded in the myth describes the integration of all parts of a person and the method for achieving an experience of immortality in life and eternal life after death. The Osiris myth thus provides a model for the contemporary quest for individuation, the Jungian term for integrating ego and self, body and soul, in the process of becoming whole.

The Philosopher s Stone

Author: Peter Marshall
Publisher: Pan Publishing
ISBN: 0330489100
Release Date: 2002
Genre: Philosophy

Alchemy is an ancient, but still practised, science. Peter Marshall investigates the realities behind the mythology of alchemy and searches for evidence of the element which can make it a reality, the legendary Philosopher's Stone.

The Book of Alchemy

Author: Francis Melville
Publisher: Barrons Educational Series Incorporated
ISBN: 0764154621
Release Date: 2002
Genre: Body, Mind & Spirit

Melville explains the mysteries behind alchemy--the ancient science that aims to transform various substances into different and more noble elements. It is seen as a complex key to understanding humanity's relationship to the universe and a means of improving health and well-being.

Isaac the Alchemist Secrets of Isaac Newton Reveal d

Author: Mary Losure
Publisher: Candlewick Press
ISBN: 9780763680473
Release Date: 2017-02-14
Genre: Juvenile Nonfiction

Before Isaac Newton became the father of physics, an accomplished mathematician, or a leader of the scientific revolution, he was a boy living in an apothecary’s house, observing and experimenting, recording his observations of the world in a tiny notebook. As a young genius living in a time before science as we know it existed, Isaac studied the few books he could get his hands on, built handmade machines, and experimented with alchemy—a process of chemical reactions that seemed, at the time, to be magical. Mary Losure’s riveting narrative nonfiction account of Isaac’s early life traces his development as a thinker from his childhood, in friendly prose that will capture the attention of today’s budding scientists—as if by magic. Back matter includes an afterword, an author’s note, source notes, a bibliography, and an index.

The Chemical Choir

Author: P. G. Maxwell-Stuart
Publisher: A&C Black
ISBN: 9781441132970
Release Date: 2012-03-01
Genre: Body, Mind & Spirit

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A Secret Alchemy

Author: Emma Darwin
Publisher: Harper Collins
ISBN: 9780061882210
Release Date: 2009-06-02
Genre: Fiction

The cruel fate of the Princes in the Tower is one of the most fascinating—and most troubling—of all England's historical murder mysteries. But what was the truth behind the deaths of the young Edward V and his brother, Dickon, taken from their mother, Elizabeth Woodville, King Edward IV's beautiful widow, and their guardian, Anthony Woodville? And what about the man who would become King Richard III? In a brilliant feat of historical daring, the acclaimed author of The Mathematics of Love reimagines the tragedy of the youngest victims of the Wars of the Roses. Through the voices of Elizabeth, Anthony, and Una—a historian who herself knows grief, betrayal, and secret love—Emma Darwin re-creates the lethal power struggles into which the boys were born, their heart-wrenching imprisonment, and the ultimate betrayal of their innocence.

Alchemy Tried in the Fire

Author: William R. Newman
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
ISBN: 9780226577029
Release Date: 2005-06-01
Genre: Science

Winner of the 2005 Pfizer Prize from the History of Science Society. What actually took place in the private laboratory of a mid-seventeenth century alchemist? How did he direct his quest after the secrets of Nature? What instruments and theoretical principles did he employ? Using, as their guide, the previously misunderstood interactions between Robert Boyle, widely known as "the father of chemistry," and George Starkey, an alchemist and the most prominent American scientific writer before Benjamin Franklin as their guide, Newman and Principe reveal the hitherto hidden laboratory operations of a famous alchemist and argue that many of the principles and practices characteristic of modern chemistry derive from alchemy. By analyzing Starkey's extraordinary laboratory notebooks, the authors show how this American "chymist" translated the wildly figurative writings of traditional alchemy into quantitative, carefully reasoned laboratory practice—and then encoded his own work in allegorical, secretive treatises under the name of Eirenaeus Philalethes. The intriguing "mystic" Joan Baptista Van Helmont—a favorite of Starkey, Boyle, and even of Lavoisier—emerges from this study as a surprisingly central figure in seventeenth-century "chymistry." A common emphasis on quantification, material production, and analysis/synthesis, the authors argue, illustrates a continuity of goals and practices from late medieval alchemy down to and beyond the Chemical Revolution. For anyone who wants to understand how alchemy was actually practiced during the Scientific Revolution and what it contributed to the development of modern chemistry, Alchemy Tried in the Fire will be a veritable philosopher's stone.

Secrets of Nature

Author: William R. Newman
Publisher: MIT Press
ISBN: 0262140756
Release Date: 2001
Genre: Body, Mind & Spirit

A fresh look at the role of astrology and alchemy in Renaissance thinking and everyday life.