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alchemy

A pseudoscience of the Middle Ages, which attempted to use primitive lab methods to understand laws of nature and the universe. Some of the methods and glassware alchemists created are still used in some form. Most alchemists tried to turn heavy metal into gold.
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This explanation hardly makes sense, at least not without some larger account to explain how one person's act can become another person's act by some alchemic transformation.
In peering into our fume-hoods to monitor the progress of reactions a lot has changed since alchemic times--all, that is, except the stubborn familiarity of our flasks.
The Islamic leaders and librarians decide to make an alchemic stew in which they toss all the great books and distill the knowledge into 99 gemstones, known as the Noor Stones.
This contrasts with "That Nature is a Heraditean Fire" where the location and the prevailing conditions are constructed with fine precision, and changes of state are carefully analyzed; in the later poem the alchemic process of poetry becomes more empirically wrought, more highly organized, closer in approach to modern chemistry than to alchemy.
Lower house lawmaker Noriaki Sasaki of the Japanese Communist Party said, ''We should call the LDP to account for its politics which made possible Livedoor's alchemic scheme while utilizing Horie as a champion of reform.
Besides, there is something resolutely human, even striving, about this choir's alchemic timbre.
Davines, a hair care brand found in high-end professional salons, launched its Alchemic line of shampoos and conditioners in September.
When sitting at a table, she is either directing the preparation of one of her famous pantagruelian banquets, carefully assuring that her culinary delicacies are served in the appropriate manner and order or being eaten and savored by her voracious lover: "It was as if a strange alchemic process had dissolved her entire being in the rose and petal sauce, in the tender flesh of the quails, in the wine, in every one of the meal's aromas.
The Iosis concept - iosis is an alchemic term referring to the final stage of the transformation of base metal into gold - also makes use of high intensity LED lighting front and rear.
The Iosis concept ( iosis is an alchemic term referring to the final stage of the transformation of base metal into gold ( also makes use of high intensity LED lighting front and rear.
41) Even if one counters that the rule utilitarian variety of consequentialism prohibits certain practices that we find morally onerous--while conceding that the rule utilitarian appeal is a post hoc alchemic approach designed to account for this objection even though it has its own host of acute justificatory problems--then the matter of the morality of gratuities is still an open question.
Not exactly, Flying Circus-philes, despite lyricist and cocomposer Eric Idle's spirited alchemic transfer of Monty Python and the Holy Grail into singing, dancing theater.