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Alchemy and the Science of Matter

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Science  05 Jan 2007:
Vol. 315, Issue 5808, pp. 43-44
DOI: 10.1126/science.1131578

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Atoms and Alchemy. Chymistry and the Experimental Origins of the Scientific Revolution. By William R. Newman. University of Chicago Press, Chicago, 2006. 272 pp. $75, £47.50. ISBN 9780226576961. Paper, $30, £19. ISBN 9780226576978.

Building on his work on the origins of modern chemistry, Newman argues that the alchemical tradition made a major contribution to the 17th-century reformulation of science that emphasized experiments.