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John Stewart

Digital Alchemy Gold, Open Participants 2017, The Network

A Brief History of Alchemy

What is Alchemy? Alchemy, as a field of study, was thought to answer several different questions making it hard to define. Alchemy was used to study ontology; that is, alchemists asked what stuff is made of and how does that stuff interact with other stuff. Analysis and synthesis reactions along with the more systematic attempts at classification are all concerned with matter theory and the ontological understanding of nature. Chemistry can also be approached from a more pragmatic angle. We can take that […]