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Alchemy Tried in the Fire: Starkey, Boyle, and the Fate of Helmontian Chymistry

William R. Newman and Lawrence M. Principe

Abstract

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, the book reveals the hitherto hidden laboratory operations of a famous alchemist and argue that many of the principles and practices charac ... More

Keywords: alchemy, chemistry, George Starkey, Robert Boyle, chymistry, Eirenaeus Philalethes, Joan Baptista Van Helmont, Chemical Revolution

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2002 Print ISBN-13: 9780226577111
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: March 2013 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226577050.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

William R. Newman, author

Lawrence M. Principe, author