The Secrets of Alchemy

Author: Lawrence Principe

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

ISBN: 0226682951

Category: History

Page: 281

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An accessible history of alchemy by a leading world authority explores its development and relationship with myriad disciplines and pursuits, tracing its heyday in early modern Europe while profiling some of history's most colorful alchemists and describing the author's recreation of famous alchemy recipes.

The Book of the Secrets of Alchemy

Author: Constantino de Pisa

Publisher: BRILL

ISBN: 9789004092884

Category: Science

Page: 339

View: 2009


The "Liber secretorum alchimie" is an attempt to introduce alchemy into Aristotle's science: manipulating metals, astronomy, astrology, geography and even theology are combined in these lecture notes taken by a 13th century medical student to make a fascinating review of themes which were hotly debated in medieval Italian university circles.

Embodying Osiris

The Secrets of Alchemical Transformation

Author: Thom F Cavalli

Publisher: Quest Books

ISBN: 0835630501

Category: Religion

Page: 256

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The modern Western movement to embrace Eastern spiritual traditions usually stops with India and the Orient. Westerners have yet to discover the wisdom that dates back even further to ancient Egypt. With a Jungian perspective, clinical psychologist Dr. Thom F. Cavalli plumbs that wisdom through the myth of Osiris, the green-skinned Egyptian god of vegetation and the Underworld. As no one else has done, Cavalli draws on Osiris’s death and resurrection as a guide to spiritual transformation. The myth represents the joining of the conscious and the unconscious, the light and the dark, life and death, and shows how to live our temporal existence in service to and anticipation of eternal life. Cavalli sees the ancient art of alchemy — which attempted to turn lead into gold — as the key. The alchemical recipe "solve et coagula" (solution and coagulation) encoded in the myth describes the integration of all parts of a person and the method for achieving an experience of immortality in life and eternal life after death. The Osiris myth thus provides a model for the contemporary quest for individuation, the Jungian term for integrating ego and self, body and soul, in the process of becoming whole.

The Philosopher's Stone

A Quest for the Secrets of Alchemy

Author: Peter Marshall

Publisher: Pan Publishing

ISBN: 9780330489102

Category: Philosophy

Page: 545

View: 1008


Alchemy is an ancient, but still practised, science. Peter Marshall investigates the realities behind the mythology of alchemy and searches for evidence of the element which can make it a reality, the legendary Philosopher's Stone.

The Book of Alchemy

Learn the Secrets of the Alchemists to Transform Mind, Body, and Soul

Author: Francis Melville

Publisher: Barrons Educational Series Incorporated

ISBN: 9780764154621

Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

Page: 128

View: 5899


Melville explains the mysteries behind alchemy--the ancient science that aims to transform various substances into different and more noble elements. It is seen as a complex key to understanding humanity's relationship to the universe and a means of improving health and well-being.


The Golden Art: The Secrets of the Oldest Enigma

Author: Andrea De Pascalis

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9788873010258

Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

Page: 192

View: 9263


This book draws on the most authoritative research to present a complete picture of alchemy from its ancient and obscure origin to the present.

Alchemy Tried in the Fire

Starkey, Boyle, and the Fate of Helmontian Chymistry

Author: William R. Newman,Lawrence M. Principe

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

ISBN: 0226577023

Category: Science

Page: 344

View: 3776


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 laboratory operations of a famous alchemist and argue that many of the principles and practices characteristic of modern chemistry derive from alchemy. By analyzing Starkey's extraordinary laboratory notebooks, the authors show how this American "chymist" translated the wildly figurative writings of traditional alchemy into quantitative, carefully reasoned laboratory practice—and then encoded his own work in allegorical, secretive treatises under the name of Eirenaeus Philalethes. The intriguing "mystic" Joan Baptista Van Helmont—a favorite of Starkey, Boyle, and even of Lavoisier—emerges from this study as a surprisingly central figure in seventeenth-century "chymistry." A common emphasis on quantification, material production, and analysis/synthesis, the authors argue, illustrates a continuity of goals and practices from late medieval alchemy down to and beyond the Chemical Revolution. For anyone who wants to understand how alchemy was actually practiced during the Scientific Revolution and what it contributed to the development of modern chemistry, Alchemy Tried in the Fire will be a veritable philosopher's stone.

The Chemical Choir

A History of Alchemy

Author: P. G. Maxwell-Stuart

Publisher: A&C Black

ISBN: 144113297X

Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

Page: 216

View: 6879



Isaac the Alchemist: Secrets of Isaac Newton, Reveal'd

Author: Mary Losure

Publisher: Candlewick Press

ISBN: 0763680478

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 176

View: 7175


Before Isaac Newton became the father of physics, an accomplished mathematician, or a leader of the scientific revolution, he was a boy living in an apothecary’s house, observing and experimenting, recording his observations of the world in a tiny notebook. As a young genius living in a time before science as we know it existed, Isaac studied the few books he could get his hands on, built handmade machines, and experimented with alchemy—a process of chemical reactions that seemed, at the time, to be magical. Mary Losure’s riveting narrative nonfiction account of Isaac’s early life traces his development as a thinker from his childhood, in friendly prose that will capture the attention of today’s budding scientists—as if by magic. Back matter includes an afterword, an author’s note, source notes, a bibliography, and an index.

Secrets of Nature

Astrology and Alchemy in Early Modern Europe

Author: William R. Newman,Anthony Grafton

Publisher: MIT Press

ISBN: 9780262140751

Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

Page: 443

View: 3943


A fresh look at the role of astrology and alchemy in Renaissance thinking and everyday life.

Science and the Secrets of Nature

Books of Secrets in Medieval and Early Modern Culture

Author: William Eamon

Publisher: Princeton University Press

ISBN: 9780691026022

Category: History

Page: 490

View: 6042


By explaining how to sire multicolored horses, produce nuts without shells, and create an egg the size of a human head, Giambattista Della Porta's Natural Magic (1559) conveys a fascination with tricks and illusions that makes it a work difficult for historians of science to take seriously. Yet, according to William Eamon, it is in the "how-to" books written by medieval alchemists, magicians, and artisans that modern science has its roots. These compilations of recipes on everything from parlor tricks through medical remedies to wool-dyeing fascinated medieval intellectuals because they promised access to esoteric "secrets of nature." In closely examining this rich but little-known source of literature, Eamon reveals that printing technology and popular culture had as great, if not stronger, an impact on early modern science as did the traditional academic disciplines.

The Alchemy of Freedom

The Philosophers' Stone and the Secrets of Existence

Author: A. H. Almaas

Publisher: Shambhala Publications

ISBN: 1611804469


Page: 199

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Well-known spiritual teacher A. H. Almaas uses the metaphor of the mysterious philosopher's stone to discuss a tremendous liberating power that leads to endless enlightenment.a aaaaaUsing the metaphor ofalapis philosophorum, the mysterious philosopher's stone, A. H. Almaas explores a tremendous liberating power that is closer to us than we realize--a power that can reveal the secrets of existence. Through the philosopher's stone, real transformation can happen, our consciousness can become free, and we can open to all the possibilities of reality. Almaas discusses the factors that are involved in igniting the catalytic property of the philosopher's stone, and then begins to unpack the properties of true nature when it is ignited, when being is alive and self-revealing. Finally, we are left with the revelation that true nature is endlessly knowable, that nothing we can know or say about it exhausts its mystery and power. The result is a new understanding of what liberation and practice are--and a view of what it's like when seeking ceases and life becomes a process of continual discovery.

The Alchemyst

The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel

Author: Michael Scott

Publisher: Ember

ISBN: 0385736002

Category: Juvenile Fiction

Page: 375

View: 6904


While working at summer jobs in San Francisco, twins Sophie and Josh find themselves caught up in the deadly, centuries-old struggle between rival alchemists, Nicholas Flamel and John Dee, over the possession of an ancient and powerful book.

The Alchemist

Author: Paulo Coelho

Publisher: HarperThorsons

ISBN: 9780008144227


Page: 224

View: 6427


This is an adventure story about a young shepherd boy who learns how to live his dreams. This is a story which has been compared to the works of Richard Bach, and is aimed at the young and old alike.

The Professor of Secrets

Mystery, Medicine, and Alchemy in Renaissance Italy

Author: William Eamon

Publisher: National Geographic Books

ISBN: 142620650X

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 368

View: 6540


Examines the life and work of sixteenth-century physician Leonardo Fioravanti, and describes the medical community and practices of Renaissance Italy.

The Chemistry of Alchemy

From Dragon's Blood to Donkey Dung, How Chemistry Was Forged

Author: Cathy Cobb,Monty Fetterolf,Harold Goldwhite

Publisher: Prometheus Books

ISBN: 1616149167

Category: Science

Page: 364

View: 5289


A unique approach to the history of science using do-it-yourself experiments along with brief historical profiles to demonstrate how the ancient alchemists stumbled upon the science of chemistry. Be the alchemist! Explore the legend of alchemy with the science of chemistry. Enjoy over twenty hands-on demonstrations of alchemical reactions. In this exploration of the ancient art of alchemy, three veteran chemists show that the alchemists' quest involved real science and they recount fascinating stories of the sages who performed these strange experiments. Why waste more words on this weird deviation in the evolution of chemistry? As the authors show, the writings of medieval alchemists may seem like the ravings of brain-addled fools, but there is more to the story than that. Recent scholarship has shown that some seemingly nonsensical mysticism is, in fact, decipherable code, and Western European alchemists functioned from a firmer theoretical foundation than previously thought. They had a guiding principle, based on experience: separate and purify materials by fire and reconstitute them into products, including, of course, gold and the universal elixir, the Philosophers' stone. Their efforts were not in vain: by trial, by error, by design, and by persistence, the alchemists discovered acids, alkalis, alcohols, salts, and exquisite, powerful, and vibrant reactions--which can be reproduced using common products, minerals, metals, and salts. So gather your vats and stoke your fires! Get ready to make burning waters, peacocks' tails, Philosophers' stone, and, of course, gold!

Daughters of Alchemy

Women and Scientific Culture in Early Modern Italy

Author: Meredith K. Ray

Publisher: Harvard University Press

ISBN: 0674425898

Category: History

Page: 301

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Meredith Ray shows that women were at the vanguard of empirical culture during the Scientific Revolution. They experimented with medicine and alchemy at home and in court, debated cosmological discoveries in salons and academies, and in their writings used their knowledge of natural philosophy to argue for women’s intellectual equality to men.

The Initiatory Path in Fairy Tales

The Alchemical Secrets of Mother Goose

Author: Bernard Roger

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 1620554046

Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

Page: 320

View: 2197


Hidden within age-old classic stories lie the hermetic teachings of alchemy and Freemasonry • Explains how the stages of the Great Work are encoded in both little known and popular stories such as Cinderella, Snow White, and Little Red Riding Hood • Reveals the connection between Mother Goose and important esoteric symbols of the Western Mystery tradition • Demonstrates the ancient lineage of these stories and how they originated as the trigger to push humanity toward higher levels of consciousness In his Mystery of the Cathedrals, the great alchemist Fulcanelli revealed the teachings of the hermetic art encoded in the sculpture and stained glass of the great cathedrals of Europe. What he did for churches, his disciple Bernard Roger does here for fairy tales. Through exhaustive analysis of the stories collected by the Brothers Grimm, Perrault, and others, Roger demonstrates how hermetic ideas, especially those embodied in alchemy and Freemasonry, can be found in fairy tales, including such popular stories as Cinderella, Snow White, Sleeping Beauty, and Little Red Riding Hood as well as the tales attributed to “Mother Goose.” The goose has long been an important esoteric symbol in the Western Mystery tradition. The stories told under the aegis of Mother Goose carry these symbols and secrets, concealed in what hermetic adepts have long called “the language of the birds.” Drawing upon the original versions of fairy tales, not the sanitized accounts made into children’s movies, the author reveals how the tales illustrate each stage of the Great Work and the alchemical iterations required to achieve them. He shows how the common motif of a hero or heroine sent in search of a rare object by a sovereign before their wishes can be granted is analogous to the Masonic quest for the lost tomb of Hiram or the alchemist’s search for the fire needed to perform the Great Work. He also reveals how the hero is always aided by a green bird, which embodies the hermetic understanding of the seed and the fruit. By unveiling the secret teachings within fairy tales, Roger demonstrates the truly ancient lineage of these initiatory stories and how they originated as the trigger to push humanity toward higher levels of consciousness.