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The History of Alchemy. By: Oscar Hernandez. Definition of Alchemy. In all actuality, referred to as a form of science with a magical goal. The study of nature, with ambitions to conceive the Philosopher’s stone to bring forth the Elixir of Life and Transmutation of base metals to gold.

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The history of alchemy

The History of Alchemy

By: Oscar Hernandez


Definition of alchemy
Definition of Alchemy

  • In all actuality, referred to as a form of science with a magical goal. The study of nature, with ambitions to conceive the Philosopher’s stone to bring forth the Elixir of Life and Transmutation of base metals to gold.


First signs china
First signs: China

  • Chinese myths and legends from the first century A.D. suggest practices of Alchemy, but it is thought to have gone back further.


Egyptian alchemy
Egyptian Alchemy

  • More like what it is known as today, Egyptian alchemy is known to go as far back as 1900 B.C.


Other early traces of alchemy
Other Early traces of Alchemy

  • Arabian 7th century alchemist Geber, or Abou Moussah Djfar-Al Sell, wrote 500 texts on the subject.

  • Rhasis becomes famous for transmutating base metals into gold.


Alchemy in europe
Alchemy in Europe

  • Brought to Spain by the Arabian Moors in the time of the first crusades.

  • In the twelfth century, Artephius proclaims that he has lived for 1000 years.

  • Many other famous alchemists arise during this time.


Life of an alchemist could have been hard
Life of an Alchemist could have been hard

  • All the way up to the 18th century, European kings and rulers would have alchemists killed if they refused to transmutates him gold.


The death of alchemy
The Death of Alchemy

  • Thanks to Robert Boyle’s The Skeptical Chemist, published in 1861, alchemy was disproven.

  • That, and the sudden development of modern chemistry made all realize that alchemy was mostly, if not completely, false.


The benefits of alchemy
The benefits of alchemy

  • Despite its mostly imaginative nature, alchemy did actually help develop science.

  • It gave us:

    • Different important compounds (like the nitrate of silver and the red oxide of silver)

    • Cures for some diseases


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