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History of Alchemy

    Naturevolume 140pages188189 (1937) | Download Citation



    THERE are welcome signs of an awakening interest in the history of science, the study of which has until recently received surprisingly little recognition among the increasing body of scientific workers in Great Britain. The appearance last year of Annals of Science, a quarterly journal devoted to the history of post-Renaissance science in general, has been quickly followed by another publication entitled Ambix, which is to deal with the specialized study of alchemy and early chemistry. Ambix is, indeed, the official journal of the newly founded Society for the Study of Alchemy and Early Chemistry. The first issue is dated May 1937 ; the second number will appear in November 1937 ; and thereafter it will be published as a quarterly. At first sight, the subject may appear too restricted to afford material for a quarterly periodical, but this impression is corrected by supplementary glances at Sir Robert Mond's introduction and the later contents of this issue. "Alchemy,"writes Sir Robert, "records not only Man's groping for the truth and for the enrichment of his experiences, but at the same, time the widening of the HuSnan Mind and the accompanying evolution of thought."

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