Promethean Ambitions by William R. Newman
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Promethean Ambitions
By William R. Newman

Promethean Ambitions

Alchemy and the Quest to Perfect Nature New edition

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Promethean Ambitions by William R. Newman

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"In Promethean Ambitions", William R. Newman uses alchemy as a means to discuss the thinning boundary between the natural and the artificial. Focusing primarily on the period between 1200 and 1700, Newman examines the labors of pioneering alchemists and the impassioned - and often negative - responses to their efforts. Newman also shows that alchemy was not an unformed and capricious precursor to chemistry; it was an art founded on coherent philosophical and empirical principles - with vocal supporters and even louder critics - that attracted individuals of first-rate intellect. The historical relationship that he charts here between human creation and nature has innumerable implications today. "Promethean Ambitions" ably imbues a millennium-old scientific and ethical debate with modern relevance.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780226575247
ISBN-10: 0226575241
Format: Paperback
(229mm x 180mm x 21mm)
Pages: 352
Imprint: University of Chicago Press
Publisher: The University of Chicago Press
Publish Date: 13-Dec-2005
Country of Publication: United States

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Osiris by William R. Newman Osiris, Paperback (May 2015)

The last twenty-five years have witnessed some provocative transmutations in our understanding of early modern chemistry. This book offers a collection of essays that builds on these reappraisals and excavates the affinities between alchemy, chymistry, and chemistry from the sixteenth to the eighteenth centuries.

Artificial and the Natural by William R. Newman Artificial and the Natural, Hardback (December 2007)

Notions of nature and art as they have been defined and redefined in Western culture, from the Hippocratic writers and Aristotle of Ancient Greece to nineteenth-century chemistry and twenty-first century biomimetics.

Atoms and Alchemy by William R. Newman Atoms and Alchemy, Paperback (June 2006)

Since the Enlightenment, alchemy has been viewed as a sort of antiscience, disparaged by many historians as a form of lunacy that impeded the development of rational chemistry. This title exposes the speciousness of these views and challenges widely held beliefs about the origins of the Scientific Revolution.

Secrets of Nature by William R. Newman Secrets of Nature, Paperback (February 2006)

A fresh look at the role of astrology and alchemy in Renaissance thinking and everyday life.

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Author Biography - William R. Newman

William R. Newman is the Ruth N. Halls Professor in the Department of the History and Philosophy of Science at Indiana University. He is the author of Gehennical Fire and, with Lawrence M. Principe, Alchemy Tried in the Fire, both published by the University of Chicago Press.

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