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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 ambitious book tackles the history and definition of magic, the varied roles of shamans, witch doctors, wizards, sorcerers and alchemists, and the figuring of magic in popular culture and fantasy literature today.
Its translator was the 8th century alchemist Jabir ibn Hayyan, from whose name the term 'gibberish' is derived, reflecting the confusing writings of the alchemists.
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Alchemists consequently employed a variety of approaches to acquiring knowledge.
Highlighted by computer-generated reconstructions and exclusive footage filmed in the Order's Sacra Infirmeria, among other historic European locations, The Order of the Alchemists is a singularly fascinating look into an ancient group's dedication to the twin arts of war and metaphysical studies.
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For example, the attempt to conjure financial value out of a substance of no value, which was regarded by most alchemists as a base perversion of their art, has reached fruition in the completely immaterial money of our own day.
Alchemists found a successful formula to turn lead into gold.
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