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Modern Alchemy: Occultism and the Emergence of Atomic Theory

Mark Morrisson


While many alchemists were intelligent and well-intentioned thinkers, their experiments are usually regarded as failed wizardry rather than scientific investigation. The alchemists' extreme goals faded with the rise of scientific pursuits. It has been rarely noted, however, that the birth of atomic science coincided with an efflorescence of occultism and alchemical tropes that attached deep significance to questions about the nature of matter and energy. This book explores this brief revival of scientific interest in alchemy and its surprising connections to the emerging subatomic sciences of ... More

Keywords: alchemists, atomic science, occultism, matter, energy, alchemical tropes, Alchemical Society, clairvoyant chemistry, nuclear physics

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2007 Print ISBN-13: 9780195306965
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2007 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195306965.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Mark Morrisson, author
Pennsylvania State University
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