The Foundations of Newton's Alchemy

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CUP Archive, 29 apr 1983 - 300 pagine
Sir Isaac Newton left at his death a large collection of papers on alchemy, mostly in his own handwriting; the importance of this legacy has been debated ever since. When it first appeared, Professor Dobb's detailed analysis of the foundations of Newton's alchemical pursuits further stimulated interest in the subject by firmly establishing the importance of alchemy in Newton's thought. This book sets the foundations of Newton's alchemy in their historical context in Restoration England. It is shown that alchemical modes of thought and particularly those of a Neoplatonic kind, were quite strong in many of those who provided the dynamism for the scientific revolution of the seventeenth century and that these modes of thought had important relationships with general movements for reform in the same period: reform of religion, philosophy, learning, society and of man himself. Newton's alchemy is thus seen as a critical link between Renaissance Hermeticism and the rational chemistry and mechanics of the eighteenth century.
 

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Indice

The Hunting of the Greene Lyon
1
Documents and techniques of the present study
20
The nature of the older alchemy and its soteriological
26
Matterspirit relationships
35
Alchemy and mechanical philosophies
43
Chemistry and Alchemy at Cambridge
93
166875
126
the fourth experiments
161
Newtons material aether and more about the concept
204
The creation of the new concept of force
210
Transmutation
225
Epilogue
233
Newtons Essay on the Preparation of Star
249
A Suggested Periodization for Newtons
256
b The seventeenthcentury background
263
The alchemical background
270

a glimpse
167
Keynes MS 18
175
The larger circle
186
Newtons Integration of Alchemy and Mechanism
194
f Catalogues dictionaries and encyclopedias
279
Index
287
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