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In Search of History: Alchemy - The Science of Magic (2008)

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  • Format: NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: A&E Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: June 24, 2008
  • Run Time: 50 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0016OKQVC
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #195,561 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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From the earliest times but especially in the Middle Ages men labored over furnaces and vats of molten metal hoping to discover a path to riches or everlasting life. And while modern society rightfully dismisses the Holy Grail of alchemy the transformation of lead or another base metal to gold the ancient art helped lay the groundwork for much of modern science. The modern image of alchemy is intertwined with the magic and superstition that dominated its practice in the Middle Ages but there is much more to this mysterious discipline. Journey back to Ancient Egypt the birthplace of alchemy for a fascinating story of science discovery and failure. Find out how Aristotle's doctrine that all things tended toward perfection was the foundation for alchemy and see how the fantastical magical elements grew as time went on since the underlying science did not work. Historians reveal the many essential contributions that these misguided experiments led to and fascinating ancient accounts and artwork detail the incredible lengths that alchemists went to in pursuit of their unreachable goal.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Good basic program December 7, 2012
By Freddy
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Like all 50 minute documentary programs, this one cannot be considered a comprehensive treatment of the subject of alchemy, but it is a good basic program none-the-less. I don't think that any of the info is off track; it's a good intro and covers the important bullet points. I liked this DVD very much on balance, and am glad to add it to my library on occult topics.
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5.0 out of 5 stars great! October 21, 2013
I really enjoy this type of documentary and im really glad that I came across this. here is another alchemy dvd that is also very interesting, The Magnum Opus
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