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Alchemy Tried in the Fire: Starkey, Boyle,…

Alchemy Tried in the Fire: Starkey, Boyle, and the Fate of Helmontian…

by William R. Newman, Lawrence M. Principe

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This is very much an academic work, well-cited with minimalist prose and as such can be difficult to make it all the way through. However, those that do make it through will be rewarded with an interesting overview of the history of chemistry, alchemy and the evolution of the scientific process over time. The two authors are both professors of history while Principe is a professor of chemistry as well. These two authors bring a deep domain knowledge of both the characters of interest and of the history of chemistry - both which are well-suited for the subject matter. Overall, a rewarding yet very dense overview on the history of some key figures in medieval alchemy. ( )
  pbirch01 | Sep 4, 2016 |
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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 labo.… (more)

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