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The End of Alchemy

'A fearless and important book . . . The End of Alchemy isn't just an elegant guide to the history of economic ideas.

Author : Mervyn King

Release : 2016-03-03

Publisher : Hachette UK

ISBN : 1408706121

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'A fearless and important book . . . The End of Alchemy isn't just an elegant guide to the history of economic ideas. It also gives a genuine insider's account' Telegraph The past twenty years saw unprecedented growth and stability followed by the worst financial crisis the industrialised world has ever witnessed. In the space of little more than a year what had been seen as the age of wisdom was viewed as the age of foolishness. Almost overnight, belief turned into incredulity. Most accounts of the recent crisis focus on the symptoms and not the underlying causes of what went wrong. But those events, vivid though they remain in our memories, comprised only the latest in a long series of financial crises since our present system of commerce became the cornerstone of modern capitalism. Alchemy explains why, ultimately, this was and remains a crisis not of banking - even if we need to reform the banking system - nor of policy-making - even if mistakes were made - but of ideas. In this refreshing and vitally important book, former governor of the Bank of England Mervyn King - an actor in this drama - proposes revolutionary new concepts to answer the central question: are money and banking a form of Alchemy or are they the Achilles heel of a modern capitalist economy?

Prophecy, Alchemy, and the End of Time

METaPHOR aNd aLCHEMy The vivid and complex imagery of alchemy has long
interfered with schol- ars' ability to understand the science and its significance to
medieval soci- ety. Enigmatic code names such as “green lion,” “sun,” “moon,” ...

Author : Leah DeVun

Release : 2013-12-01

Publisher : Columbia University Press

ISBN : 023114539X

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In the middle of the fourteenth century, the Franciscan friar John of Rupescissa sent a dramatic warning to his followers: the end times were coming; the apocalypse was near. Rupescissa's teachings were unique in his era. He claimed that knowledge of the natural world, and alchemy in particular, could act as a defense against the calamity of the last days. He treated alchemy as medicine (his work was the conceptual forerunner of pharmacology), and reflected emerging technologies and views that sought to combat famine, plague, religious persecution, and war. In order to understand scientific knowledge as it is today, Leah DeVun asks that we revisit the Black Death, the Hundred Years' War, and the Avignon Papacy through Rupescissa's eyes. The advances he pioneered, along with the exciting strides made by his contemporaries, shed critical light on future developments in medicine, pharmacology, and chemistry.

The Mysteries of the Great Cross of Hendaye

Based on the work of the enigmatic twentieth-century alchemist Fulcanelli, authors Weidner and Bridges show how the greatest alchemical secret is that of time itself and that coded into an obscure monument in southwestern France--the cross ...

Author : Jay Weidner

Release : 2003-12-10

Publisher : Inner Traditions / Bear & Co

ISBN : 9780892810840

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Decodes the message held by this enigmatic monument, revealing the alchemical secret of time and the fate of humanity.

John Dee's Conversations with Angels

This book will appeal to those with an interest in the history of science, students of religion, and everyone who approaches the new millennium with a wary eye.

Author : Deborah E. Harkness

Release : 1999-11-13

Publisher : Cambridge University Press

ISBN : 9780521622288

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This book is about Elizabethan England's most famous 'scientist' or natural philosopher John Dee and his 'conversations with angels'.


Lecture 3 Greek Alchemy Last time we discussed the possible meaning of the
handing over of the secret of alchemy by ... at the end of a patriarchal civilization ,
there comes an enantiodromia — the power is handed over to a feminine figure ...

Author : Marie-Luise von Franz

Release : 1980

Publisher : Inner City Books

ISBN : 9780919123045

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"It was the genius of C.G. Jung to discover in the 'holy technique' of alchemy a parallel to the psychological individuation process. This book, by Jung's long-time friend and co-worker, completely demystifies the subject. Designed as an introduction to Jung's more detailed studies, and profusely illustrated, here is a lucid and practical account of what the alchemists were really looking for--emotional balance and wholeness"--back cover.


Katherine Eggert explores the crumbling state of humanistic learning in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries and the benefits of relying on alchemy despite its recognized flaws.

Author : Katherine Eggert

Release : 2015-10-02

Publisher : University of Pennsylvania Press

ISBN : 0812247515

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'Disknowledge': knowing something isn't true, but believing it anyway. In this book, Katherine Eggert explores the crumbling state of learning in the 16th and 17th centuries. Even as the shortcomings of Renaissance humanism became plain to see, many intellectuals of the age had little choice but to treat their familiar knowledge systems as though they still held. Humanism thus came to share the status of alchemy: a way of thinking simultaneously productive and suspect, reasonable and wrongheaded.

From Alchemy to Chemistry

... influence upon the symbolism of medieval alchemy, especially as his coloured
mural paintings remained on public view in the arcade of the churchyard of the
Innocents, in Paris, from 1407 until the end of alchemy in the eighteenth century.

Author : John Read

Release : 2013-01-23

Publisher : Courier Corporation

ISBN : 0486170845

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Broad, humanistic treatment focuses on great figures of chemistry and ideas that revolutionized the science. Much on alchemy, also development of modern chemistry, atomic theory, elements, organic chemistry, more. 50 illustrations.

Remarks Upon Alchemy and the Alchemists, Indicating a Method of Discovering the True Nature of Hermetic Philosophy; and Showing that the Search After the Philosopher's Stone Had Not for Its Object the Discovery of an Agent for the Transmutation of Metals

ment , which is employed in determining whether that sacrifice was necessary to
produce a certain end , the end only being the object of the conscience . A patriot
loves his country , and endeavors to serve -it , and this is universally esteemed ...

Author : Ethan Allen Hitchcock

Release : 1857

Publisher :


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Women in Chemistry

... of the Classical Period — The Chinese Women Alchemists — The Dark Ages
and the Renaissance — Medieval Alchemy — Biographies: Marie le Jars de
Gourney (1565-1645); Marie Meudrac (mid-1600s) — The End of Alchemy ...

Author : Marelene F. Rayner-Canham

Release : 2001

Publisher : Chemical Heritage Foundation

ISBN : 9780941901277

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Discusses the lives and scientific contributions of more than fifty women chemists from antiquity through the present day.

The Mirror of Alchemy

Considers the works of alchemists themselves and their influence on other writers. Highly illustrated in both color and black-and-white from manuscripts and printed books in the British Library, which co-published the volume.

Author : Gareth Roberts

Release : 1994

Publisher :

ISBN : 9780802076601

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Surveys the history, concepts, terms, presuppositions, imagery, and the paradoxical and metaphorical language of western European alchemy. Considers the works of alchemists themselves and their influence on other writers. Highly illustrated in both color and black-and-white from manuscripts and printed books in the British Library, which co-published the volume. Includes a list of alchemical texts in the British Library, and a glossary with illustrations but no pronunciation guide. Paper edition (unseen), $24.95. Canadian call number: C94-932320-9. Annotation copyright by Book News, Inc., Portland, OR

Harry Potter's Bookshelf

The end of alchemy is the creation of the Philosopher's Stone, which is the
transcendence of this imbalance, impurity, and polarity. It is also, you recall,
about the creation of the transcendent alchemist, the saintly God/man often
represented by ...

Author : John Granger

Release : 2009-07-07

Publisher : Penguin

ISBN : 1101133139

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Harry Potter. The name conjures up J.K. Rowling's wondrous world of magic that has captured the imaginations of millions on both the printed page and the silver screen with bestselling novels and blockbuster films. The true magic found in this children's fantasy series lies not only in its appeal to people of all ages but in its connection to the greater world of classic literature. Harry Potter's Bookshelf: The Great Books Behind the Hogwarts Adventures explores the literary landscape of themes and genres J.K. Rowling artfully wove throughout her novels-and the influential authors and stories that inspired her. From Jane Austen's Emma and Charles Dickens's class struggles, through the gothic romances of Dracula and Frankenstein and the detective mysteries of Dorothy L. Sayers, to the dramatic alchemy of C.S. Lewis, J.R.R. Tolkien, and William Shakespeare, Rowling cast a powerful spell with the great books of English literature that transformed the story of a young wizard into a worldwide pop culture phenomenon.

The Emerald Tablet

Alchemy of Personal Transformation Dennis William Hauck ... state of
consciousness is often marked by a brilliant display of colors and meaningful
visions called the “Peacock's Tail,” which heralds the end of alchemy's tortuous
Black Stage.

Author : Dennis William Hauck

Release : 1999-03-01

Publisher : Penguin

ISBN : 9781101157183

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The Emerald Tablet--an ancient document that contains the essence of the alchemical teachings--has had an important influence on many Western spiritual and religious traditions. Ostensibly concerned with turning base metals into gold, alchemy was in fact dedicated to transforming the lead of self into the gold of spirit. This brilliant history of alchemy traces its sources back to ancient Egypt, and presents alchemy as a useful, practical system of self-transformation. Each of the seven steps of alchemical transformation is explained, with hands-on techniques and exercises, treating alchemy as a living discipline for achieving a spiritual awakening.

Alchemy Revisited

Many books on the history of alchemy give the impression that there is little worth
relating on the subject after about the end of the seventeenth century , at which
time alchemy is thought to have gone into a general and irreversible decline .

Author : Z. R. W. M. Von Martels

Release : 1990

Publisher : Brill Archive

ISBN : 9789004092877

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From Alchemy to Atomic Bombs

The End of Alchemy . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Epilogue . . . . . . . . . . . Biographical Notes .
Suggested Readings INTRODUCTION Alchemists are the predecessors of today
' s chemists and metallurgists . Until the beginning of the nineteenth century ...

Author : Fathi Habashi

Release : 2002

Publisher : Sainte Foy, Quebec : Métallurgie Extractive Québec


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The Alchemy of Stars

Now for the first time the Rhysling Winners have been gathered under one cover. This collection presents more than twenty-five years of the best poetry in the field of speculative literatur

Author : Roger Dutcher

Release : 2005

Publisher : Wildside Press LLC

ISBN : 0809511622

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Since 1978 the Science Fiction Poetry Association has selected the best long and short poems in science fiction, fantasy, and horror for its annual Rhysling Awards, named in honor of the blind poet of the spaceways from Robert Heinlein 's The Green Hills of Earth. Often considered the equivalent for poetry of the Nebula Awards for fiction, the winning poems appear each year in the Nebula Awards anthologies. Now for the first time the Rhysling Winners have been gathered under one cover. This collection presents more than twenty-five years of the best poetry in the field of speculative literatur

Anna Zieglerin and the Lion's Blood

In Anna Zieglerin and the Lion's Blood, Tara Nummedal reconstructs the extraordinary career and historical afterlife of alchemist, courtier, and prophet Anna Zieglerin.

Author : Tara Nummedal

Release : 2019-03-22

Publisher : University of Pennsylvania Press

ISBN : 0812250893

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In 1573, the alchemist Anna Zieglerin gave her patron, the Duke of Braunschweig-Wolfenbüttel, the recipe for an extraordinary substance she called the lion's blood. She claimed that this golden oil could stimulate the growth of plants, create gemstones, transform lead into the coveted philosophers' stone—and would serve a critical role in preparing for the Last Days. Boldly envisioning herself as a Protestant Virgin Mary, Anna proposed that the lion's blood, paired with her own body, could even generate life, repopulating and redeeming the corrupt world in its final moments. In Anna Zieglerin and the Lion's Blood, Tara Nummedal reconstructs the extraordinary career and historical afterlife of alchemist, courtier, and prophet Anna Zieglerin. She situates Anna's story within the wider frameworks of Reformation Germany's religious, political, and military battles; the rising influence of alchemy; the role of apocalyptic eschatology; and the position of women within these contexts. Together with her husband, the jester Heinrich Schombach, and their companion and fellow alchemist Philipp Sommering, Anna promised her patrons at the court of Wolfenbüttel spiritual salvation and material profit. But her compelling vision brought with it another, darker possibility: rather than granting her patrons wealth or redemption, Anna's alchemical gifts might instead lead to war, disgrace, and destruction. By 1575, three years after Anna's arrival at court, her enemies had succeeded in turning her from holy alchemist into poisoner and sorceress, culminating in Anna's arrest, torture, and public execution. In her own life, Anna was a master of self-fashioning; in the centuries since her death, her story has been continually refashioned, making her a fitting emblem for each new age. Interweaving the history of science, gender, religion, and politics, Nummedal recounts how one resourceful woman's alchemical schemes touched some of the most consequential matters in Reformation Germany.

The Weiser Concise Guide to Alchemy

By the end of the seventeenth century, alchemy had been entirely discredited. It
wasn't until the late nineteenth and early twentieth century that alchemy
experienced a revival of interest in its more spiritual, psychological, and healing

Author : Brian Cotnoir

Release : 2006-05-06

Publisher : Weiser Books

ISBN : 1609251784

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In The Weiser Concise Guide to Alchemy, Brian Cotnoir offers a detailed, stepbystep introduction of Alchemy that explores its mysteries while illustrating its use as a modern spiritual system of attainment. He provides an overview of the history of Alchemy, from the first meldings of Egyptian technology, through the Middle Ages--the golden age of alchemyright up to contemporary techniques. He demystifies the relationship between Alchemy and chemistry, and he provides evidence to detractors that Alchemy is much more than a medieval form of psychotherapy. (The guide includes practical laboratory experiments that safely, and intelligently, lead readers to an understanding of this ancient art and spiritual practice.) From the introduction: Brian describes this book as the one he wishes he had available when he began his lifelong study of Alchemy. I challenge any reader to find a more succinct and clear guide to this science and art. The Weiser Concise Guide to Alchemy is replete with actual exercises of the alchemical art such as: distillation and further processes to extract aqua vitae and the 'spirit of wine' the purification of salts through calcination, crystallization, and sublimation advanced processes for obtaining such alchemical precursors as Archaeus of Water, Oil of Tartar, and the Spirit of Wine of the Sages herbal work for obtaining spagyric tinctures, magistries, ens, and stones mineral work for obtaining the salts and oils of metals. The Weiser Concise Guide to Alchemy makes Alchemy a viable and valuable modality that can be used for understanding and working in concert with the energies of Nature for spiritual development, healing, and transformation.

Sonic Alchemy

Four years later Cale guided Nico's slightly fuller, although no lessdemanding '74
release, The End. Forthe album's title track Nico undertakes a spinetingling,
dirgelike rendering of theDoors' “The End” inwhich sheironically tussleswiththe ...

Author : David N. Howard

Release : 2004-06-01

Publisher : Hal Leonard

ISBN : 147685209X

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(Book). You may not have heard of them, but you have certainly heard their songs! From the lo-fidelity origins of early pioneers to today's dazzling technocrats, the role of the music producer is as murkily undefined as it is wholly essential. Sonic Alchemy: Visionary Music Producers and Their Maverick Recordings is an exploration of the influence of the often colorful, idiosyncratic and visionary music producers through popular music and the fascinatingly crucial role they have played in shaping the way we hear pop music today. Sonic Alchemy is nothing short of the secret history of the music producer.

American Alchemy

He returned to New Brunswick, New Jersey, where by the end of February 1850
he could report that his wife and mother were ''glad to see me of course.'' When
Taylor arrived, according to Margaret La Tourrette—whose husband remained ...

Author : Brian Roberts

Release : 2003-06-19

Publisher : Univ of North Carolina Press

ISBN : 080786093X

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California during the gold rush was a place of disputed claims, shoot-outs, gambling halls, and prostitution; a place populated by that rough and rebellious figure, the forty-niner; in short, a place that seems utterly unconnected to middle-class culture. In American Alchemy, however, Brian Roberts offers a surprising challenge to this assumption. Roberts points to a long-neglected truth of the gold rush: many of the northeastern forty-niners who ventured westward were in fact middle-class in origin, status, and values. Tracing the experiences and adventures both of these men and of the "unseen" forty-niners--women who stayed back East while their husbands went out West--he shows that, whatever else the gold seekers abandoned on the road to California, they did not simply turn their backs on middle-class culture. Ultimately, Roberts argues, the story told here reveals an overlooked chapter in the history of the formation of the middle class. While the acquisition of respectability reflects one stage in this history, he says, the gold rush constitutes a second stage--a rebellion against standards of respectability.

The Alchemy of Meth

Pine spent time with meth cooks, recovery professionals, pastors, and narcotics agents. At the center of this story are the meth cooks themselves, and Pine's ethnography details their daily struggles.

Author : Jason Pine

Release : 2019

Publisher :

ISBN : 9781517907709

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"This manuscript is based on two years of ethnographic fieldwork in rural Missouri between 2005-2013. Pine spent time with meth cooks, recovery professionals, pastors, and narcotics agents. At the center of this story are the meth cooks themselves, and Pine's ethnography details their daily struggles. Beginning in the center of an exploded meth lab, Pine's performative, narrative-based work explores meth cooks as modern-day alchemists, combining and exploding again the everyday objects of late capitalism, walking the fine lines (and obviously crossing them) between illegal and legal amphetamines, pulling everyday objects like lighter fluids, frying pans, and kitchen matches into the realm of illegality"--