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Technology and Alchemical Debate in the Late Middle Ages
T HE MEDIEVAL ATTITUDE toward technology is one of the more interesting topics available to historians concerned with the transition from antiquity to modernity. Considerable debate has focused onExpand
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Alchemy vs. chemistry: the etymological origins of a historiographic mistake.
The parallel usage of the two terms "alchemy" and "chemistry" by seventeenth-century writers has engendered considerable confusion among historians of science. Many historians have succumbed to theExpand
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Alchemy tried in the fire : Starkey, Boyle, and the fate of Helmontian chemistry
Using 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 writerExpand
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Atoms and Alchemy: Chymistry and the Experimental Origins of the Scientific Revolution
Since the Enlightenment, alchemy has been viewed as a sort of antiscience, disparaged by many historians as a form of lunacy that impeded the development of rational chemistry. But, in "Atoms andExpand
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The Significance of "Chymical Atomism"
The historical treatment of atomism and the mechanical philosophy largely neglects what I call "chymical atomism," namely a type of pre-Daltonian corpuscular matter theory that postulated particlesExpand
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Chemical knowledge in the early modern world
This newest annual edition of "Osiris" brings together a variety of scholars to consider a topic of increasing interest in the history of science: expertise. Focusing specifically on the roleExpand
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Art, Nature, And Experiment Among Some Aristotelian Alchemists
This chapter provides an overview of the medieval alchemical debate about the artificial and the natural. It then focuses on a university figure of the early seventeenth century, Daniel Sennert.Expand
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Promethean Ambitions: Alchemy and the Quest to Perfect Nature
"In Promethean Ambitions", William R. Newman uses alchemy as a means to discuss the thinning boundary between the natural and the artificial. Focusing primarily on the period between 1200 and 1700,Expand
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The Corpuscular Theory of J. B. Van Helmont and its Medieval Sources
One common view of the scientific revolution is as a period in which the 4 'mechanical philosophy" came ever more to dominate the natural sciences. Although the term "mechanical philosophy" isExpand
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The alchemical sources of Robert Boyle's corpuscular philosophy
Summary Robert Boyle is remembered largely for his integration of experiment and the ‘mechanical philosophy’. Although Boyle is occasionally elusive as to what he means precisely by the ‘mechanicalExpand
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