Thursday, April 7, 2016
Newton's Lost Alchemy Manuscripts
Here's a cool story from National Geographic about Isaac Newton's lost alchemy tests. The father of modern physics was, indeed, a thoroughgoing mystic and alchemist. It's theorized that his experiments with alchemy - breaking down matter into its constituent parts - led to his discovery that light is made up of many constituent colors. The article discusses Newton's copy of a work by an American alchemist's attempt to create a key ingredient for the Philosopher's Stone. Much of Newton's alchemical work, embarrassing to scholars who venerate him, has never been given a proper public perusal. Now it is. Good stuff, showcasing an age when science and mysticism often walked hand in hand.