In addition, he introduces the reader to some of the most fascinating alchemists, such as Zosimos and Basil Valentine, whose lives dot alchemy's long reign from the third century and to the present day. Through his exploration of alchemists and their times, Principe pieces together closely guarded clues from obscure and fragmented texts to reveal alchemy's secrets, and -most exciting for budding alchemists- uses them to recreate many of the most famous recipes in his lab, including those for the "glass of antimony" and "philosophers' tree." This unique approach brings the reader closer to the actual work of alchemy than any other book.Table of Contents:
Introduction: What Is Alchemy?
1 Origins: Greco-Egyptian Chemeia
2 Development: Arabic al-Kīmiyā'
3 Maturity: Medieval Latin Alchemia
4 Redefinitions, Revivals, and Reinterpretations: Alchemy from the Eighteenth Century to the Present
5 The Golden Age: Practicing Chymistry in the Early Modern Period
6 Unveiling the Secrets
7 The Wider Worlds of Chymistry
Title: The Secrets of Alchemy
Author: Lawrence M. Principe
Lawrence M. Principe is the Drew Professor of the Humanities in the Department of the History of Science and Technology and the Department of Chemistry at Johns Hopkins University. His books include The Scientific Revolution: A Very Short Introduction and Alchemy Tried in the Fire: Starkey, Boyle, and the Fate of Helmontian Chymistry, also published by the University of Chicago Press.