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Paul Ferguson
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 Posted: Mon Sep 23rd, 2013 08:12 pm
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Every year the Society for the History of Alchemy and Chemistry (SHAC) runs an international workshop for graduate students and early career scholars working on the history and philosophy of alchemy and chemistry. The theme for the 2013 Workshop is ‘Alchemy and Chemistry in Context’. This interdisciplinary event will explore the interaction between chemical knowledge and the wider social, economic, religious and cultural context, across a range of historical periods – from medieval alchemy to the chemical industry.


http://www.ambix.org/call-for-registration-4th-postgraduate-workshop-on-the-history-of-alchemy-and-chemistry/

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 Posted: Mon Sep 23rd, 2013 11:29 pm
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Rafał, did you ever came across that name?

 

"In this paper I will discuss a particular Polish alchemist: Adam of Łowicz (d. 1514),


student, professor of medicine, and sometime rector of the Cracow Academy. Adam’s


alchemical activities survive today in the form of an alchemical treatise, Fundamentum


scienciae nobilissimae secretorum naturae, composed during his student days. The text


 is preserved in a single copy in BJ 5465, a lengthy alchemical miscellany"


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Carl Lavoie wrote:
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Rafał, did you ever came across that name?

 

"In this paper I will discuss a particular Polish alchemist: Adam of Łowicz (d. 1514),


student, professor of medicine, and sometime rector of the Cracow Academy. Adam’s


alchemical activities survive today in the form of an alchemical treatise, Fundamentum


scienciae nobilissimae secretorum naturae, composed during his student days. The text


 is preserved in a single copy in BJ 5465, a lengthy alchemical miscellany"


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More commonly known as Adamus Polonus I think Carl:
http://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adamus_Polonus

BJ 5465 is available in a digital format here:

http://jbc.bj.uj.edu.pl/dlibra/docmetadata?id=265788&from=publication

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Hi Carl,

Yes, I have -- but I was not aware the text is alchemical. In fact the whole miscellany seems to be one of alchemical or related texts (thanks to Paul for the link -- the connection is poor right now so I could only have a look at a few pages here and there). I was also in touch with the presenter some two years ago or so -- and hope to see her research published. It will shed much new light on Renaissance alchemy in Cracow.

In Poland he is better known as Adam of Bocheń (or Bochyń) which is a village near Łowicz. Besides his ideas on immortality of humankind which earned him a place in history of Polish philosophy, his epitaph is said to be the earliest known realistic portrait of a lay person in Polish art. I have not found a copy on the Internet but I believe the picture on the website of the school in Bocheń named after him is based on that epitaph:

http://spbochen.republika.pl/page18744233594b31d4dd2fc11.html




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Rafal T. Prinke wrote:
Hi Carl,

Yes, I have -- but I was not aware the text is alchemical. In fact the whole miscellany seems to be one of alchemical or related texts (thanks to Paul for the link -- the connection is poor right now so I could only have a look at a few pages here and there). I was also in touch with the presenter some two years ago or so -- and hope to see her research published. It will shed much new light on Renaissance alchemy in Cracow.

In Poland he is better known as Adam of Bocheń (or Bochyń) which is a village near Łowicz. Besides his ideas on immortality of humankind which earned him a place in history of Polish philosophy, his epitaph is said to be the earliest known realistic portrait of a lay person in Polish art. I have not found a copy on the Internet but I believe the picture on the website of the school in Bocheń named after him is based on that epitaph:

http://spbochen.republika.pl/page18744233594b31d4dd2fc11.html






Who is this guy giving a Black Power salute on the cover of a book about him?

http://tinyurl.com/o53fpqm

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 Posted: Tue Sep 24th, 2013 01:22 pm
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Hi Paul,

That's how such "Wikipedia books" are produced. It is a completely different person, a Jesuit preacher: http://grafik.rp.pl/grafika2/729454,753455,16.jpg

About him: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Piotr_Skarga

No link to alchemy whatsoever -- or at least not discovered yet :)



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