The Secrets of Alchemy

Author: Lawrence Principe

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

ISBN: 0226682951

Category: History

Page: 281

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An accessible history of alchemy by a leading world authority explores its development and relationship with myriad disciplines and pursuits, tracing its heyday in early modern Europe while profiling some of history's most colorful alchemists and describing the author's recreation of famous alchemy recipes.
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Alchemie und Mystik

Author: Alexander Roob

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9783836514231

Category:

Page: 191

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Alchemy Tried in the Fire

Starkey, Boyle, and the Fate of Helmontian Chymistry

Author: William R. Newman,Lawrence M. Principe

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

ISBN: 0226577023

Category: Science

Page: 344

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Winner of the 2005 Pfizer Prize from the History of Science Society. What actually took place in the private laboratory of a mid-seventeenth century alchemist? How did he direct his quest after the secrets of Nature? What instruments and theoretical principles did he employ? Using, as their guide, the previously misunderstood interactions between Robert Boyle, widely known as "the father of chemistry," and George Starkey, an alchemist and the most prominent American scientific writer before Benjamin Franklin as their guide, Newman and Principe reveal the hitherto hidden laboratory operations of a famous alchemist and argue that many of the principles and practices characteristic of modern chemistry derive from alchemy. By analyzing Starkey's extraordinary laboratory notebooks, the authors show how this American "chymist" translated the wildly figurative writings of traditional alchemy into quantitative, carefully reasoned laboratory practice—and then encoded his own work in allegorical, secretive treatises under the name of Eirenaeus Philalethes. The intriguing "mystic" Joan Baptista Van Helmont—a favorite of Starkey, Boyle, and even of Lavoisier—emerges from this study as a surprisingly central figure in seventeenth-century "chymistry." A common emphasis on quantification, material production, and analysis/synthesis, the authors argue, illustrates a continuity of goals and practices from late medieval alchemy down to and beyond the Chemical Revolution. For anyone who wants to understand how alchemy was actually practiced during the Scientific Revolution and what it contributed to the development of modern chemistry, Alchemy Tried in the Fire will be a veritable philosopher's stone.
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Eine kurze Geschichte der Menschheit

Author: Yuval Noah Harari

Publisher: DVA

ISBN: 364110498X

Category: History

Page: 528

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Krone der Schöpfung? Vor 100 000 Jahren war der Homo sapiens noch ein unbedeutendes Tier, das unauffällig in einem abgelegenen Winkel des afrikanischen Kontinents lebte. Unsere Vorfahren teilten sich den Planeten mit mindestens fünf weiteren menschlichen Spezies, und die Rolle, die sie im Ökosystem spielten, war nicht größer als die von Gorillas, Libellen oder Quallen. Vor 70 000 Jahren dann vollzog sich ein mysteriöser und rascher Wandel mit dem Homo sapiens, und es war vor allem die Beschaffenheit seines Gehirns, die ihn zum Herren des Planeten und zum Schrecken des Ökosystems werden ließ. Bis heute hat sich diese Vorherrschaft stetig zugespitzt: Der Mensch hat die Fähigkeit zu schöpferischem und zu zerstörerischem Handeln wie kein anderes Lebewesen. Anschaulich, unterhaltsam und stellenweise hochkomisch zeichnet Yuval Harari die Geschichte des Menschen nach und zeigt alle großen, aber auch alle ambivalenten Momente unserer Menschwerdung.
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Die Mechanisierung des Weltbildes

Author: Eduard J. Dijksterhuis

Publisher: Springer-Verlag

ISBN: 364262037X

Category: Science

Page: 594

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Das Buch von Dijksterhuis erschien in deutscher Sprache erstmals 1956. Der Autor gibt einen umfassenden Überblick über die Geschichte der Naturwissenschaften vom Altertum über das Mittelalter bis zu der Geburt der klassischen Naturwissenschaft. Neben den eigentlichen naturwissenschaftlichen Fragestellungen finden auch philosophische und geisteswissenschaftliche Aspekte der behandelten Zeitabschnitte Berücksichtigung. Professor Dr. Heinz Maier-Leibnitz schreibt in seinem Geleitwort: "Aber wenn uns die Wissenschaftsgeschichte helfen soll, dann darf sie nicht auf denselben modischen Bahnen wandeln wie die meisten, die heute über Wissenschaft schreiben. Deshalb freue ich mich, daß das Buch von Dijksterhuis wieder aufgelegt wird. Er ist nicht modisch. Ganz sorgfältig dringt er in das Denken früherer Jahrhunderte ein. Wer ihm folgt, und es ist ein Vergnügen, ihm zu folgen, wird viel für sein Denken profitieren."
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Inkognito

Die geheimen Eigenleben unseres Gehirns

Author: David Eagleman

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9783570552230

Category:

Page: 329

View: 1896

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Mysterium Coniunctionis

An Inquiry into the Separation and Synthesis of Psychic Opposites in Alchemy

Author: C.G. Jung

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1317533682

Category: Psychology

Page: 736

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Mysterium Coniunctionis was first published in the Collected Works of C.G. Jung in 1963. For this second edition of the work, numerous corrections and revisions have been made in cross-references to other volumes of the Collected Works now available and likewise in the Bibliography. Mysterium Coniunctionis was Jung's last work of book length and gives a final account of his lengthy researches in alchemy. It was Jung's empirical discovery that certain key problems of modern man were prefigures in what t he alchemists called their 'art' or 'process'. Jung maintained that 'the world of alchemical symbols does not belong to the rubbish heap of the past, but stands in a very real and living relationship to our most recent discoveries concerning the psychology of the unconscious'. The volume includes ten plates, a Bibliography, an Index, and an Appendix of original Latin and Greek texts quoted in the work.
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Mental Health, Spirituality, and Religion in the Middle Ages and Early Modern Age

Author: Albrecht Classen

Publisher: Walter de Gruyter GmbH & Co KG

ISBN: 3110361647

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 744

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This volume continues the critical exploration of fundamental issues in the medieval and early modern world, here concerning mental health, spirituality, melancholy, mystical visions, medicine, and well-being. The contributors, who originally had presented their research at a symposium at The University of Arizona in May 2013, explore a wide range of approaches and materials pertinent to these issues, taking us from the early Middle Ages to the eighteenth century, capping the volume with some reflections on the relevance of religion today. Lapidary sciences matter here as much as medical-psychological research, combined with literary and art-historical approaches. The premodern understanding of mental health is not taken as a miraculous panacea for modern problems, but the contributors suggest that medieval and early modern writers, scientists, and artists commanded a considerable amount of arcane, sometimes curious and speculative, knowledge that promises to be of value and relevance even for us today, once again. Modern palliative medicine finds, for instance, intriguing parallels in medieval word magic, and the mystical perspectives encapsulated highly productive alternative perceptions of the macrocosm and microcosm that promise to be insightful and important also for the post-modern world.
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Alchemy Revisited

Proceedings of the International Conference on the History of Alchemy at the University of Groningen, 17-19 April 1989

Author: Z. R. W. M. Von Martels

Publisher: Brill Archive

ISBN: 9789004092877

Category: Science

Page: 284

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The Secret Doctrine

The Synthesis of Science, Religion, and Philosophy

Author: H. P. Blavatsky,Annie Besant

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 1108073247

Category: History

Page: 628

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A three-volume 'synthesis of science, religion, and philosophy' by one of the nineteenth century's most controversial spiritualists.
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Psychologie und Alchemie

Author: Carl Gustav Jung

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9783530400885

Category: Psychoanalysis

Page: 620

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Die Physik der Zeit

Author: Richard A. Muller

Publisher: S. Fischer Verlag

ISBN: 3104038228

Category: Science

Page: 480

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Sie lesen jetzt das Wort »jetzt« – und schon ist es vergangen. Das flüchtige Dasein der Gegenwart hat Philosophen und Physiker vor die größten Rätsel gestellt: Was ist die Zeit? Und warum fließt sie? Generationen von Wissenschaftlern haben sich vergeblich um Antworten bemüht, einige haben es aufgegeben. Nicht so Richard A. Muller. Er hat eine Theorie der Zeit aufgestellt, die neu ist und experimentell überprüfbar. Um sie vorzustellen, erklärt er zunächst mit großem Geschick die physikalischen Grundkonzepte wie Relativität, Entropie, Verschränkung, Antimaterie und Urknall. Darauf aufbauend entfaltet er seine provozierend neue Sicht mit all ihren Folgen für die Philosophie oder die Frage nach der Willensfreiheit. Eine kraftvolle und überzeugende Vision für die Lösung des alten Rätsels der Zeit. »Muller hat einen bemerkenswert frischen und aufregenden Ansatz für die Erklärung der Zeit.« Saul Perlmutter, Physik-Nobelpreisträger »Ein provokatives und gut argumentiertes Buch über die Natur der Zeit.« Lee Smolin
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Rudolf Steiner - die Alchemie des Alltags

Author: Mateo Kries

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9783931936853

Category: Aesthetics, German

Page: 335

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Summary: Rudolf Steiner is regarded as one of the most influential | and also one of the most controversial | reformers of the twentieth century. He founded the Waldorf schools and advocated a holistic view of humanity which shows its influence in many areas of our lives today | including bio-cosmetics, a heightened environmental consciousness and biodynamic agricultural products, to name a few examples. Steiner inspired artists such as Piet Mondrian, Wassily Kandinsky and Joseph Beuys. He was one of the founders of "organic architecture" and also developed a unique stylistic idiom in the area of furniture design. The Vitra Design Museum exhibition "Rudolf Steiner | Alchemy of the Everyday" is the first major retrospective on this universal thinker and artist. Exhibition: Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg (13.5 - 3.10.2010); Kunstmuseum Stuttgart (5.2 - 22.5.2011); Vitra Design Museum, Weil am Rhein (9.2011 - 4.2012).
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Magic and Alchemy

Author: Robert Michael Place

Publisher: Infobase Publishing

ISBN: 0791093905

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 143

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Examines the history, practices, and philosophies of magic and alchemy in Western history.
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Prophecy, Alchemy, and the End of Time

John of Rupecissa in the Late Middle Ages

Author: Leah DeVun

Publisher: Columbia University Press

ISBN: 023114539X

Category: History

Page: 272

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In the middle of the fourteenth century, the Franciscan friar John of Rupescissa sent a dramatic warning to his followers: the end times were coming; the apocalypse was near. Rupescissa's teachings were unique in his era. He claimed that knowledge of the natural world, and alchemy in particular, could act as a defense against the calamity of the last days. He treated alchemy as medicine (his work was the conceptual forerunner of pharmacology), and reflected emerging technologies and views that sought to combat famine, plague, religious persecution, and war. In order to understand scientific knowledge as it is today, Leah DeVun asks that we revisit the Black Death, the Hundred Years' War, and the Avignon Papacy through Rupescissa's eyes. The advances he pioneered, along with the exciting strides made by his contemporaries, shed critical light on future developments in medicine, pharmacology, and chemistry.
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Emotionale Alchemie

der Schlüssel zu Glück und innerem Frieden

Author: Tara Bennett-Goleman

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9783596159574

Category:

Page: 478

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