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The Chemical Choir

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Doscientific jargon and methodology is traditionally and deliberately hard to follow Maxwell Stuart is very thorough covering Asian Islamic and Western alchemies and citing everything from alchemic manuals to plays to paintings to build his history My biggest critiue is that though Maxwell Stuart dedicates a chapter each to Ancient paintings to build his history My biggest critiue is that though Maxwell Stuart dedicates a chapter each to Ancient to India and to the Islamic world he doesn t trace those alchemic traditions through to the present day the way he does with the West I find it hard to believe that there aren t still people in Asia interested in transmutation or natural healing or the spiritual sides of alchemy or THAT MAXWELL STUART COULDN T FIND DOCUMENTS OR TESTIMON. Maxwell Stuart couldn t find documents or testimon. Of Greek natural science to produce an outburst of attempts to manipulate matter and change it into transformative substances called the Philosopher's stone and the elixir of life Alchemy's heyday in Europe was the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries as practiced by the great minds of the age of Reason including among others Sir Isaac Newton During this time demonstrations of the alchemist's art were performed in royal courts nder conditions meant to obviate any fraud and specimens of the gold so transmuted can be seen in various museums During the nineteenth century attempts were made to amalgamate alchemy with the religious and occult philosophies then growing in ,
As the cover art indicates this work is intended for a popular audience But it s backed All Things Consoled up by decent scholarship and covers a lot of ground in spite of its length A good survey for anyone wanting to learn about chemistry s predecessor Points also to Maxwell Stuart for making an effort to include women among his subjects My copy is a paperback ARC that I pickedp secondhand no index alas In brief This is a reasonably academic history of the beliefs which have formed around alchemy throughout historyThoughts This was an interesting and informative read though I did find myself wading through academic sentences and rereading paragraphs a fair bit mostly because the pseu. A pre cursor to contemporary chemistry and physics alchemy began as the pursuit of knowledge
Initially In China As A 
in China as a for the secret of immortality and appearing independently in Egypt as an attempt to produce gold through the arts of smelting and alloying metals In The Chemical Choir PG Maxwell Stewart authoritatively traces the fascinating history of alchemy from its earliest incarnations right p to its legacy in modern science as we know it today Continuing from its roots in China and Egypt alchemy received a great boost in Europe from work done by Islamic and Jewish alchemists whose written accounts were translated great boost in Europe from work done by Islamic and Jewish alchemists whose written accounts were translated Latin and combined with what was known. Y related to that given how keen he is to trace Western alchemy into the early parts of the twentieth century Instead he just into the early parts of the twentieth century Instead he just of sets the stage for the next tradition and moves onOverall though Maxwell Stuart s done a good job of tracing the history and presenting the evidence for historical continuity and of explaining the beliefs and jargon the best anyone can I learned a lot it gave me a new lens to view early modern secret societies early chemistry and Edwardian spiritualism and I think reading this helped me plug a plot hole to boot It s definitely a good book but not one I m likely to recommend to many people because the subjct s kind of nicheWarnings Nope810. Opularity; and in the twentieth century psychologists principally Carl Jung perceived in alchemy a powerful vehicle for aspects of their theories about human nature At the same time laboratory scientists continued to experiment in ways very similar to those of their medieval and early modern forebears A lively overview of alchemy and its practitioners from the earliest times to the present PG Maxwell Stuart explores the changing importance and interest in alchemy through its historical cultural and intellectual contexts revealing that the study of alchemy is not merely one of the stranger byways of antiuarianism but rather a living part of the history of science itself.