Principe, Lawrence M., editor. Chymists and chymistry: studies in the history of alchemy and early modern chemistry.
Philadelphia (PA); Sagamore Beach (MA): Chemical Heritage Foundation; Science History Publns, 2007. xiii, 274p. ISBN: 978-0-88135-396-9.
”Chymistry (that is, alchemy and early chemistry) is currently receiving an unprecedented amount of scholarly attention. Long-held misunderstandings are being replaced by a wealth of fresh perspectives and discoveries, as scholars progressively reveal alchemy’s crucial place in early modern culture and its contributions to early modern science. This volume brings together the most recent work of over twenty eminent researchers from around the globe. Presented at an international conference held at the Chemical Heritage Foundation in Philadelphia in 2006, these papers cover a broad range of topics from the Middle Ages to the Enlightenment. The collection features work on the perennial issues of symbolism, textual exegesis, transmutation and the danger of fraud, treatments of the intersections of alchemy with fine art, theology, archeology, and gender, as well as new studies of a host of early modern notables of diverse stripes such as Newton, Libavius, Boyle, Kircher, Boerhaave, Paracelsus, Stahl, and Khunrath”