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Atoms and Alchemy: Chymistry and the Experimental Origins of the Scientific Revolution Paperback – May 15, 2006

ISBN-13: 978-0226576978 ISBN-10: 0226576973 Edition: 1St Edition

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  • Paperback: 235 pages
  • Publisher: University Of Chicago Press; 1St Edition edition (May 15, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0226576973
  • ISBN-13: 978-0226576978
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 6.1 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,675,493 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Atoms and Alchemy is the newest installment of Newman's scholarship that continues to challenge scholars to rethink some of their most cherished assumptions concerning the actuality of a clearcut demarcation during the early modern period between so-called 'rational' and 'occult' spheres in the discipline we now refer to as chemistry." - Mordechai Feingold, California Institute of Technology"

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William R. Newman is the Ruth Halls Professor in the Department of the History and Philosophy of Science at Indiana University and the author of Gehennical Fire and Promethean Ambitions, as well as the coauthor of Alchemy Tried in the Fire (which was awarded the 2005 Pfizer Prize for the best book in the History of Science), all published by the University of Chicago Press.

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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Dr. H. G. Dosch on April 23, 2008
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This is an excellent account of the influence of early atomism on the mechanical philosophy of the 17th century. The autor gives convincing arguments for the important influence of alchymist practises and considerations on Boyle. The autor does not rely on the hearsay about ``mechanical philosophy'' repeated in countless historical reviews, but rather on the original sources. This avoids the danger of ``falling into the pitfalls of simplicity'', a reproach made by the great physicist Abraham Pais against T. Kuhn.
The book is a must for everybody interested in the history of atomism.

H.G. Dosch
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Francesc on December 6, 2009
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This is a great book showing the links between mechanical and Aristotelian philosophy. In spite of being different models of science, they are not so separated in some aspects. In fact, the modern Boyle took in account several aspects of Alchemists. Therefore, the so-called scientific revolution did not started from zero, but from a well developed tradition of the middle ages. This is illustrated by the transition from Alchemy to Chemistry.
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Alfredo Aguirre on August 4, 2012
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My Kindle edition did not have illustrations. This is a very interesting book. I do not know if the illustrations were important, because Amazon decided to censor them for me. I think that they should give a warning if they are going to sell a defective product.
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