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Early Modern Alchemical Theory: The Cast of Characters

William R. Newman

in Newton the Alchemist

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
May 2019
ISBN:
9780691174877
eISBN:
9780691185033
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
DOI:
10.23943/princeton/9780691174877.003.0004
Subject:
History, History of Science, Technology, and Medicine

This chapter argues that Newton's belief that metals are not only produced within the earth but also undergo a process of decay, leading to a cycle of subterranean generation and corruption, finds ... More


The Doves of Diana: First Attempts

William R. Newman

in Newton the Alchemist

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
May 2019
ISBN:
9780691174877
eISBN:
9780691185033
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
DOI:
10.23943/princeton/9780691174877.003.0009
Subject:
History, History of Science, Technology, and Medicine

Beginning with Newton's very early interpretations of the Polish alchemist Michael Sendivogius in the manuscripts Babson 925 and Keynes 19, this chapter shows he initially thought the secret of ... More


Attempts at a Unified Practice: Keynes 58

William R. Newman

in Newton the Alchemist

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
May 2019
ISBN:
9780691174877
eISBN:
9780691185033
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
DOI:
10.23943/princeton/9780691174877.003.0012
Subject:
History, History of Science, Technology, and Medicine

This chapter considers how Newton combined his understanding of Johann de Monte-Snyders with motifs and practices drawn from Philalethes. To Newton, no single alchemist had revealed the entire set of ... More


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

William R. Newman and Lawrence M. Principe

Published in print:
2002
Published Online:
March 2013
ISBN:
9780226577111
eISBN:
9780226577050
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226577050.001.0001
Subject:
History, History of Science, Technology, and Medicine

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 ... More


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