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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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Neither apocalyptic prophecy nor alchemical speculation was a "respectable" vocation in the late Middle Ages; the former was identified with anti-establishment agitators, and the latter was excluded from the university curriculum.
Newton was a committed alchemist for 30 years," Newman said, "but he kept his activities in this realm largely hidden from his contemporaries and colleagues, so his alchemical work has been imperfectly known.
Others argued that only through divine inspiration could alchemists receive true alchemical knowledge.
Two significant conclusions emerge from Newman's discussion: acknowledgement of the important role that alchemy played in the formation of early modern matter theory and the recognition that the mechanical philosophy had roots in alchemical practice.
Chapters delve into minute detail, critically examining transformations of the Jewish Kabbalah into "Christianized forms", from its rosicrucian mysticisms to long-forgotten alchemical roots hidden deep within the Kabbalah.
Besides gesturing toward the tiny scale of the LSD molecule (with active doses measured in micrograms, LSD is one of the most potent psychoactive substances known), Weber's invocation of homeopathy suggests an alchemical perception of the signatures and subtle energies that skirt our conventional understanding of matter.
This outer alchemical water-fire relationship needs to be understood and brought into balance before one proceeds to alchemy meditation practice, the union of the inner male and female.
Tension is gathered by the chaos of heavily processed, brilliantly coloured alchemical surfaces oscillating above or on top of the oft-static tableaux.
Regarding the formation of metals, while rejecting the possibility of alchemical transmutation, he accepted the Jabirean sulphur-mercury theory which he combined with the mineralogical theories of Aristotle and Theophrastus.
Since various mystical astrological and alchemical writings have been ascribed to this Egyptian.
One of the keys to Edward's personality and reign is alchemy combined with the 'heroic myths and Arthurian legends that contributed to a growth of self in the royal student of the alchemical arts'.