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Alchemy
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Since the ninth and tenth centuries the Gk.-Arab. word alchēmeia has denoted the attempt to change base metals into silver and gold. This effort has been more than a mere curiosity in the history of science and technology, however, for in alchemy the smelting, alloying, and tinting of metals have been linked with the belief that one can help what is thought of as living nature achieve its quickest possible development and fulfillment. It was probably in Alexandria in the second century b.c. that popul…

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Hoheisel, Karl, “Alchemy”, in: Encyclopedia of Christianity Online. Consulted online on 09 December 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2211-2685_eco_A164>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004169678, 20080512



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