Alchemical Laboratory Notebooks and Correspondence (Hardcover)

By George Starkey, William R. Newman (Editor), Lawrence M. Principe (Editor)

University of Chicago Press, 9780226577012, 378pp.

Publication Date: January 27, 2005

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George Starkey—chymistry tutor to Robert Boyle, author of immensely popular alchemical treatises, and probably early America's most important scientist—reveals in these pages the daily laboratory experimentation of a seventeenth-century alchemist.

The editors present in this volume transcriptions of Starkey's texts, their translations, and valuable commentary for the modern reader. Dispelling the myth that alchemy was an irrational enterprise, this remarkable collection of laboratory notebooks and correspondence reveals the otherwise hidden methodologies of one of the seventeenth century's most influential alchemists.

About the Author

William R. Newman is a professor of the history of science at Indiana University. Lawrence M. Principe is a professor of the history of science and technology and of chemistry at The John Hopkins University. Together, Newman and Principe are the authors of Alchemy Tried in the Fire: Starkey, Boyle and the Fate of Helmontian Chymistry, also published by the University of Chicago Press.