Gehenical Fire

Gehenical Fire

by William R. Newman
     
 

ISBN-10: 0226577147

ISBN-13: 9780226577142

Pub. Date: 02/28/2003

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

Both the quest for natural knowledge and the aspiration to alchemical wisdom played crucial roles in the Scientific Revolution, as William R. Newman demonstrates in this fascinating book about George Starkey (1628-1665), America's first famous scientist. Beginning with Starkey's unusual education in colonial New England, Newman traces out his many interconnected

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Both the quest for natural knowledge and the aspiration to alchemical wisdom played crucial roles in the Scientific Revolution, as William R. Newman demonstrates in this fascinating book about George Starkey (1628-1665), America's first famous scientist. Beginning with Starkey's unusual education in colonial New England, Newman traces out his many interconnected careers—natural philosopher, alchemist, chemist, medical practitioner, economic projector, and creator of the fabulous adept, "Eirenaeus Philalethes." Newman reveals the profound impact Starkey had on the work of Isaac Newton, Robert Boyle, Samuel Hartlib, and other key thinkers in the realm of early modern science.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780226577142
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
Publication date:
02/28/2003
Edition description:
1
Pages:
390
Sales rank:
1,150,259
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
A Note on Terminology
Foreword, 2002
Introduction
1 Starkey in America
2 Arcan Maiora: The Hartlib Years (1650-1654)
3 The Background to Starkey's Chymistry
4 Revelation and Concealment: The Writings of Philaleths
5 A Sonne of Contention: 1655-1665
6 Philalethes in Context
7 Isaac Newton and Eirenaeus Philalethes
Appendix I Starkey's Addresses in England, 1650-1665
Appendix II An Autobiographical Note by George Starkey
Appendix III Missing Starkey Manuscripts
Appendix IV Robert Boyle's "Excuses of Philaletha"
Appendix V A Bibliography of Starkey's Writings
Abbreviations
Notes
Index

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