Atoms and Alchemy: Chymistry and the Experimental Origins of the Scientific Revolution
by William R. Newman
University of Chicago Press, 2006
eISBN: 978-0-226-57703-6 | Cloth: 978-0-226-57696-1 | Paper: 978-0-226-57697-8
Library of Congress Classification Q125.N484 2006
Dewey Decimal Classification 509
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"Whether the scientific revolution that arguably began the 17th century is a sensible, defensible historical marker for the beginning of modern science is at issue in these tautly written 200 pages on atoms and alchemy by Newman. His conjecture is that the theory and practice of modern science originated in the mechanical model of the natural world that emerged from earlier (medieval) alchemical tradition. Built around the work of Robert Boyle, who is known to all today, and Daniel Sennert, who is all but forgotten, Newman's analysis is an intellectually compelling tour de force of extraordinary scholarship. The book will surely be valuable to those working in the field, but the ultimate beneficiaries may well be practicing scientists who can expect to come away with a new perspective on chymistry (oops! chemistry). Other authors should take note of the carefully prepared footnotes, bibliography, and index; compliments to author (and publisher) for the eight photographic reproductions of alchemical experiments. Nice! Highly recommended."—Choice