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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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When read against Alessandro Piccolomini's satire of morality related to women's beauty, La Raffaella (1539), and Ortensio Landi's Letters of Many Valorous Women (1548), one sees how women's knowledge of alchemical, cosmetic, and medical recipes was embedded in daily life.
As an instance of the argument of polarities brought to harmony, the Mariner's voyaging between the opposite Polar Regions and subsequent entering the malignancy of Pacific is symbolic reading of the Mariner's psychic and moral dilemmas and their alchemical resolution.
Principe has produced a very valuable distillation of alchemical theory and practice that is a pleasure to read for its scholarship, thoroughness, and clarity.
One thing that makes this book so interesting to read is that Principe not only gives an account of the development of alchemy, but also experimentally demonstrates procedures described in the vast alchemical literature.
Dickey's awareness of relation between objects and their connection is fundamental to the understanding of "The Owl King" as a metaphor for the hero's journey and the spiritual alchemical process.
Like alchemical texts, we learn, Balzac's writings are always coded: his use of numbers, words, and especially proper names, is rich in occult connotations.
presents a corpus-based study of alchemical poetry in English from the 15th to the 17th centuries, as an alternative and complement to narratives that focus on, for example, individuals or institutions.
While still contributing to the more traditional discussions of the different roles and levels of women's participation in these two pursuits (alchemy and obstetrics), the chapters in this collection which focus on alchemy explore the understandings of gender in the alchemical world.
This book offers the reader a tour of one of the more peculiar comers of medieval thought, a corner defined by the intersection of three enterprises: Spiritual Franciscanism, Joachite apocalypticism, and alchemical speculation.
The Chymistry of Isaac Newton" project team has just announced the release of 23 edited alchemical manuscripts written by Isaac Newton.
There will also be free health- oriented workshops in yoga, tai chi, movement, nutrition, women's health, metaphysics, alchemical healing and wellness in the Atrium Building's conference rooms.
Alchemical transmutation was more about perfecting the human soul than about chemical reactions.