Alchemy
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Early modern alchemy developed out of ancient and medieval alchemy, and towards the end of the 18th century it evolved into scientific chemistry. By this time, a more mystical, theosophic branch had split from the tradition based on practical experiments that culminated in the Phlogiston theory. The leading figure in early modern alchemy was Paracelsus.

1. Concepts

1.1. Hermetic influences

New currents developed in alchemy in the late 15th century …

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Priesner, Claus, “Alchemy”, in: Encyclopedia of Early Modern History Online, Editors of the English edition: Graeme Dunphy, Andrew Gow. Original German Edition: Enzyklopädie der Neuzeit. Im Auftrag des Kulturwissenschaftlichen Instituts (Essen) und in Verbindung mit den Fachherausgebern herausgegeben von Friedrich Jaeger. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH 2005–2012. Consulted online on 22 July 2018 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_COM_016696>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20160321



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