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By John Read

"Chemistry, particularly, is able, whilst certainly provided, of creating a powerful entice the intelligence and the mind's eye; for, because the following pages are meant to teach, it's the so much romantic of all of the branches of technology; and in its variegated heritage, stretching again via unnumbered generations of alchemists into an indefinite prior, its current votaries have (if they yet knew) a richly human and humanistic heritage." — from the Preface
Written for the layman, this obtainable heritage takes a vast, humanistic point of view, eschewing chemical equations and formulae. as an alternative it concentrates at the nice figures of chemistry and the guidelines that revolutionized the technology, from earliest background to the fashionable era.
Much of the ebook is dedicated to alchemy and such themes because the philosopher's stone, alchemical crypticism and symbolism, pseudo-alchemists, Paracelsus, and the "swan track" of alchemy because the clinical revolution took carry. within the ultimate chapters, the writer takes up the improvement of contemporary chemistry, together with atomic idea, the character of the weather, the start of natural chemistry, and extra. wide in scope, erudite but readable, this wealthy and soaking up narrative will entice a person attracted to the lengthy and colourful historical past of chemical technology. word list. 50 illustrations.

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