Gehennical Fire

Gehennical Fire

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Both the quest for natural knowledge and the aspiration to alchemical wisdom played crucial roles in the Scientific Revolution, as William R. Newman demonstrates in this fascinating book about George Starkey (1628-1665), America's first famous scientist. Beginning with Starkey's unusual education in colonial New England, Newman traces out his many interconnected careersa€”natural philosopher, alchemist, chemist, medical practitioner, economic projector, and creator of the fabulous adept, qEirenaeus Philalethes.q Newman reveals the profound impact Starkey had on the work of Isaac Newton, Robert Boyle, Samuel Hartlib, and other key thinkers in the realm of early modern science.... Tradition and the Development of Experimental Science in the Sixteenth Century, aquot; History of Science 22 (1984), 111-150; and Eamon, aquot;Technology as ... There were plenty of medieval recipes for purifying saltpeter, 304 a€c Notes to Pages 84-86.

Title:Gehennical Fire
Author: William R. Newman
Publisher:University of Chicago Press - 2003-02-15

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