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How Does Alchemy Improve Chemistry? (SOLVED!)

The science of chemistry was in its early stages when it began to emerge at the end of the seventeenth century. The language used to describe chemicals was not yet agreed on by scientists and there were no methods of classifying them. Chemistry played an important role in many other fields, including medicine, metallurgy, pottery, glass making and alchemy. Alchemy was the field with the greatest direct influence on modern chemistry. Alchemy combined philosophy, religion and primitive science to achieve the goal of perfecting matter. The goal was to convert metals into precious metals and discover a cure for all diseases. Many of these scientists viewed chemistry at that time as a pseudoscience in the same manner that palm reading and astrology are today. Robert Boyle (1627-1691), whose work led to the creation of modern chemistry, helped to alter this perception.😎 [1]
In China, the fourth-century BC is the first record of alchemy. It was practiced in conjunction with Taoism’s philosophy and religion. The tao (a form of prime material that can be infinitely changed) is described as a mixture of opposites. Yin represents the cool, dark passive female element and yang the bright and hot male element. It was believed that the elements were created by the interaction of yin with yang. Earth is the main element. Other elements were believed to be in opposing pairs such as metal, fire, water and wood. Taoist alchemists believed that altering the ratios of these elements could transform matter. [2]
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The roots of alchemy are in philosophy, religion, and astronomy. Alchemy went beyond the realm of empirical science. It combined spirituality and experimental observation to unravel the mysteries of nature. Alchemy was obsessed with the creation and transformation of base metals into valuable metals, like gold. Alchemists also strived to uncover or create a universal elixir, “ substance that would indefinitely prolong life” . This was possible because of the spiritual element, specifically belief in the ultimate divine perfection. It was thought that the transformation of lead into gold was a result of chemical catalysis. It required an in-depth knowledge of the nature and complexity of the world. The alchemists created a vast array of industries that would later be called major chemical, such as metalurgics. These include the production of paints (inks), dyes, cosmetics, and metallurgy. We thank Talena Addison, for her heads-up. [3]
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Jasper Wynn, chem.libretexts.orgChemistry, like all subjects, has its roots in ancient alchemy. The combination of science and philosophy, alchemy had both practical as well as mystical sides. Alchemy’s goals were complex and hard to sum up. In many ways, the alchemists sought to achieve perfection, through such actions as the pursuit of the philosopher’s stone and the elixir of life (Figure below). The philosopher’s stone, it was believed, was a substance that was capable of being used to turn base metals (such as lead) into gold. The stone was believed to be able to restore health and immortality. Alchemists failed to achieve these goals, but their efforts provided the foundation of modern technology. study of chemistry. Modified by DineroNowak, June 11, 2021 [4]
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Refer to the Article

  1. https://www.encyclopedia.com/science/encyclopedias-almanacs-transcripts-and-maps/alchemy-chemistry
  2. https://www.encyclopedia.com/science/science-magazines/chemistry-practice-alchemy
  3. https://aggietranscript.ucdavis.edu/the-roots-of-chemistry-how-the-ancient-tradition-of-alchemy-influenced-modern-scientific-thought/
  4. https://chem.libretexts.org/Bookshelves/Introductory_Chemistry/Book:_Introductory_Chemistry_(CK-12)/01:_Introduction_to_Chemistry/1.10:_Alchemy
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