From Alchemy to Chemistry (Dover Science Books)

By John Read

"Chemistry, particularly, is able, whilst definitely awarded, of constructing a robust attract the intelligence and the mind's eye; for, because the following pages are meant to teach, it's the so much romantic of all of the branches of technological know-how; and in its variegated background, stretching again via unnumbered generations of alchemists into an indefinite previous, its current votaries have (if they yet knew) a richly human and humanistic heritage." — from the Preface
Written for the layman, this available background takes a huge, humanistic standpoint, eschewing chemical equations and formulae. as an alternative it concentrates at the nice figures of chemistry and the information that revolutionized the technological know-how, from earliest historical past to the trendy era.
Much of the booklet is dedicated to alchemy and such themes because the philosopher's stone, alchemical crypticism and symbolism, pseudo-alchemists, Paracelsus, and the "swan track" of alchemy because the clinical revolution took carry. within the ultimate chapters, the writer takes up the advance of recent chemistry, together with atomic idea, the character of the weather, the start of natural chemistry, and extra. vast in scope, erudite but readable, this wealthy and soaking up narrative will entice an individual attracted to the lengthy and colourful historical past of chemical technology. word list. 50 illustrations.

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