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    The chemistry of alchemy : from dragon's blood to donkey dung, how chemistry was forged / Cathy Cobb, Monty L. Fetterolf, and Harold Goldwhite.
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  • Chemistry -- History -- 16th century.
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  • Chemistry -- History -- 17th century.
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  • Alchemy -- History -- 16th century.
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  • Alchemy -- History -- 17th century.
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    Amherst, New York : Prometheus Books, 2014.
    Description: 
    364 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm
    RDA Types: 
    text
    unmediated
    volume
    ISBN: 
    9781616149154 (hardback) :
    1616149159 (hardback)
    9781616149161 (ebook)
    Contents: 
    X-rated alchemy -- Setting the scene. Stirring the fires ; The Zosimos effect ; Demonstration 1. Calcination, distillation ,transmutation! ; Islamic authors : romancing the stone ; Demonstration 2. The mercury/sulfur makeup of metals -- Alchemy in the middle. Middle-aged alchemy ; Auld Michael and the fractious friars ; Demonstration 3. The firing and falsifying of gold ; Geber and the sum of perfection ; Demonstration 4. Divine waters ; Aqua vitae! ; Demonstration 5. Burning waters ; Philosophers' stone ; Demonstration 6. Erina's fabulous philosophers' stone ; Rocky romance : miners and magick in the Renaissance ; Demonstration 7. The parting of gold ; Paradigm, paradox : Paracelsus ; Demonstration 8. Diana and the Homunculus -- Alchemical Renaissance. Paracelsus is dead, long live Paracelsus ; Paracelsian women ; Demonstration 9. Book of secrets ; Paracelsian men ; Demonstration 10. Transmutation revisited ; Charlatans and chicanery ; Demonstration 11. Tricks of the trade ; What can you do with a degree in alchemy? ; Demonstration 12. Practical alchemy ; Renaissance alchemical authors ; Demonstration 13. Lifting the mystical fog ; Sendivogius and Rudolf : fire and salt ; Demonstration 14. The Poo Plan ; Johannes van Helmont : the art of fire ; Demonstration 15. The gas that got away -- Thoroughly modern alchemy. Full-blown alchemy ; Digby and Drebble : something in the air ; Demonstration 16. Up in the air ; The Society of Jesus and the Fraternity of the Rosy Cross ; Demonstration : The Jesuit workroom ; Glauber's salt and Glauber's gold ; Demonstration 18. Glauber's ghostly golden garden ; The Harvard alchemists-- and the Honorable Robert Boyle begins ; Demonstration 19. Reduction to the pristine state ; Robert Boyle ends-- and so do we ; Demonstration 20. The color of alchemy -- Alabaster and clay -- Stores and ores.
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