Sean Martin's Alchemy & Alchemists PDF

By Sean Martin

ISBN-10: 184344609X

ISBN-13: 9781843446095

This background in the back of alchemy reviews the development of this arcane artwork, appears at well-known alchemists, and observes the results it has had on smooth technology

Alchemy has routinely been seen as "the historical past of an error," an instance of medieval gullibility and greed, during which alchemists attempted to show lead into gold, create brilliant wealth, and locate the elixir of lifestyles. yet alchemy has additionally been defined as "the mightiest mystery guy can possess," and it obsessed the likes of Isaac Newton, Robert Boyle, and lots of of the founders of recent technology. This e-book explores the historical past of the so-called Royal artwork, from its mysterious beginnings in Egypt and China, throughout the Hellenistic international and the early years of Islam, and into medieval Europe. many of the maximum minds of the center a long time, figures comparable to Albertus Magnus, Roger Bacon, and Thomas Aquinas, have been attracted to alchemy, and mythical alchemists akin to Nicholas Flamel have been notion to have really succeeded find The Philosopher's Stone. in the course of the Renaissance, Paracelsus and his fans helped revolutionize medication, and through the seventeenth century, alchemy performed an important position in paving the way in which for contemporary technological know-how. throughout the twentieth century, it turned a spotlight of curiosity for the psychologist Carl Jung and his fans, who believed that the alchemists had chanced on the subconscious. during this totally revised version, Sean Martin has extended the sections on chinese language and Indian alchemy and has further new fabric at the courting among alchemy and early smooth technology, whereas additionally creating a clean evaluation of this such a lot enduringly mysterious and interesting of topics, to which all others were defined as "child's play."

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