By Sean Martin
Alchemy has routinely been considered as "the heritage of an error," an instance of medieval gullibility and greed, during which alchemists attempted to show lead into gold, create really good 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 publication explores the heritage 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. a few of the maximum minds of the center a long time, figures equivalent to Albertus Magnus, Roger Bacon, and Thomas Aquinas, have been interested in alchemy, and mythical alchemists comparable to Nicholas Flamel have been concept to have really succeeded to find The Philosopher's Stone. throughout the Renaissance, Paracelsus and his fans helped revolutionize medication, and through the seventeenth century, alchemy performed a huge function in paving the best way for contemporary technological know-how. through the twentieth century, it grew to become a spotlight of curiosity for the psychologist Carl Jung and his fans, who believed that the alchemists had came across the subconscious. during this absolutely revised version, Sean Martin has improved the sections on chinese language and Indian alchemy and has extra new fabric at the courting among alchemy and early smooth technological know-how, whereas additionally creating a clean overview of this such a lot enduringly mysterious and engaging of topics, to which all others were defined as "child's play."
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