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[ [ [ The Secrets of Alchemy (Synthesis) [ THE SECRETS OF ALCHEMY (SYNTHESIS) ] By Principe, Lawrence M ( Author )Nov-01-2012 Hardcover [Hardcover]

Lawrence M Principe
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  • Publisher: University of Chicago Press (1 Nov 2012)
  • ASIN: B00DF9KEMM
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)

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4.0 out of 5 stars A fascinating read 23 April 2013
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An interesting account of the history of alchemy. I was hoping for a little more on the early, graeco-roman period, but the lack of material is historical, and not the author's fault. He makes an interesting case for the theories of some of the Arabic alchemists to be considered as proto-scientific. This is not a book for New Age types, but for those with a rational interest in the subject.
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5.0 out of 5 stars the Secrets of Alchemy 21 Feb 2013
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A readable, rational approach which explains the mumbo-jumbo without condecension. By the standards of the times, alchemy was a model of clarity compared with theology, for instance. (It still is!) The author describes his 'hands-on' repeats of some 'Alchemical' procedures......and they work.
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