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"Newman is a prominent among the historians of science who have shown how important alchemy was as a part of the serious 'chymistry' of Robert Boyle, Isaac Newton and their contemporaries. In this book, he looks at the divide between 'art,' which used to mean anything productive involving artifice and forethought, and 'nature,' as illuminated in discussions of, and laboratory and clinical practice in, alchemy. . . . Newman, a clear and graceful writer, keeps his goal in view. He is an initiate--tapping, testing and transmuting--until something different, still called alchemy, gradually takes shape."