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Imitating, Challenging, and Perfecting Nature: The Arts and Alchemy in European Antiquity

in Promethean Ambitions: Alchemy and the Quest to Perfect Nature

Published in print:
2004
Published Online:
March 2013
ISBN:
9780226577128
eISBN:
9780226577135
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226577135.003.0002
Subject:
History, History of Science, Technology, and Medicine

This chapter discusses the human endeavors of imitating, challenging, and perfecting nature. Greek and Latin literature is filled with admonitory stories of the results of human endeavors to imitate ... More


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