Alchemical Atoms or Artisanal Building Blocks? A Response to Klein

  title={Alchemical Atoms or Artisanal Building Blocks? A Response to Klein},
  author={William Newman},
  journal={Perspectives on Science},
  • W. Newman
  • Published 14 April 2009
  • Philosophy
  • Perspectives on Science
In a recent essay review of William R. Newman, Atoms and Alchemy (2006), Ursula Klein defends her position that philosophically informed corpuscularian theories of matter contributed little to the growing knowledge of reversible reactions and robust chemical species in the early modern period. Newman responds here by providing further evidence that an experimental, scholastic tradition of alchemy extending well into the Middle Ages had already argued extensively for the persistence of… 
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