The Coming of Ardent Water

  title={The Coming of Ardent Water},
  author={L. Gwei-Djen and J. Needham and D. Needham},
  • L. Gwei-Djen, J. Needham, D. Needham
  • Published 1972
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  • OF all the evocative names in the history of alchemy and chemistry none can be considered more striking than aqua ardens-the water that burns-for burning is an attribute of fire, not water. No one can fully appreciate the strangeness of what this meant to mediaeval people unless he is aware that the work of the alchemist, almost from Hellenistic times onwards, and certainly also in China, had concerned the conjunctio oppositorum, the hierogamic union of sun and moon, the Tao of the synthesis of… CONTINUE READING
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