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Atoms and Alchemy Chymistry and the Experimental Origins of the Scientific Revolution

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ISBN-10: 0226576973

ISBN-13: 9780226576978

Edition: 2006

Authors: William R. Newman

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Since the Enlightenment, alchemy has been viewed as a sort of antiscience, disparaged by many historians as a form of lunacy that impeded the development of rational chemistry. But in "Atoms and Alchemy, " William R. Newman--a historian widely credited for reviving recent interest in alchemy--exposes the speciousness of these views and challenges widely held beliefs about the origins of the Scientific Revolution. Tracing the alchemical roots of Robert Boyle's famous mechanical philosophy, Newman shows that alchemy contributed to the mechanization of nature, a movement that lay at the very heart of scientific discovery. Boyle and his predecessors--figures like the mysterious medieval Geber…    
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Book details

List price: $49.00
Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Publication date: 5/15/2006
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 236
Size: 6.22" wide x 8.94" long x 0.63" tall
Weight: 0.792
Language: English

List of Illustrations
A Note on Terminology
Introduction: The Problematic Position of Alchemy in the Scientific Revolution
The Mise en Scene before Sennert
The Medieval Tradition of Alchemical Corpuscular Theory
Erastus and the Critique of Chymical Analysis
Aristotelian Corpuscular Theory and Andreas Libavius
Daniel Sennert's Atomism and the Reform of Aristotelian Matter Theory
The Corpuscular Theory of Daniel Sennert and Its Sources
The Interplay of Structure and Essence in Sennert's Corpuscular Theory
Robert Boyle's Matter Theory
Boyle, Sennert, and the Mechanical Philosophy
Boyle's Use of Chymical Corpuscles and the Reduction to the Pristine State to Demonstrate the Mechanical Origin of Qualities
A Concise Conclusion