Wednesday, June 09, 2010

Sir Isaac Newton and Alchemy

Sir Isaac Newton is well known for his ground breaking work in the fields of science and mathematics, but what is less well known is that he spent around 30 years meticulously studying the mysterious art of alchemy.
Sir Isaac Newton is most famous for the quantification of gravitational attraction, discovering that white light is actually a mixture of immutable spectral colours and the formulation of calculus.  However it is less well documented that Newton spent 30 years engaged in the study of the mysterious art of alchemy, or as it was more commonly known then, chymistry.
Only a tiny fraction of Newton’s work on alchemy has been published but he wrote around a million words on the subject including laboratory notes, indexes of alchemical substances and transcripts from other sources.

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