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The Transmutations of Chymistry: Wilhelm Homberg and the Académie Royale des Sciences

Lawrence M. Principe


This book explores the practice, content, and transformations of chemistry in the period 1660-1730 by examining the life and work of Wilhelm Homberg (1653-1715) and status of chymistry at the Académie Royale des Sciences. The book is a triple biography—of a celebrated chymist, an institution, and a discipline. Born in Java, Homberg was formed intellectually through years of learned travel and trading secrets throughout Europe, and rose to become the Académie’s chief chymist and a favored person in the court of Louis XIV. Homberg promoted a radical vision for chymistry, no longer to be a mere a ... More

Keywords: chemistry, alchemy, Wilhelm Homberg, history of science, Academie Royale des Sciences

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9780226700786
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: May 2021 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226700816.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Lawrence M. Principe, author
Johns Hopkins University