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Science  01 Oct 2004:
Vol. 306, Issue 5693, pp. 59
DOI: 10.1126/science.1103038

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Promethean Ambitions Alchemy and the Quest to Perfect Nature. by William R. Newman. University of Chicago Press, Chicago, 2004. 349 pp. $30, £21. ISBN 0-226-57712-0.

In this consideration of the history of European alchemy, Newman explores the relations between the natural and artificial and the links between art and science.