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one who was versed in the practice of alchemy and who sought an elixir of life and a panacea and an alkahest and the philosopher's stone

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With a confusion of ideas only to be accounted for by my extreme youth and my want of a guide on such matters, I had retrod the steps of knowledge along the paths of time and exchanged the discoveries of recent inquirers for the dreams of forgotten alchemists. Besides, I had a contempt for the uses of modern natural philosophy.
On the other side of the house, old Roger Chillingworth arranged his study and laboratory: not such as a modern man of science would reckon even tolerably complete, but provided with a distilling apparatus and the means of compounding drugs and chemicals, which the practised alchemist knew well how to turn to purpose.
that thy father is already in the hands of a powerful alchemist, who knows how to convert into gold and silver even the rusty bars of a dungeon grate.
Doctor Cacaphodel, the alchemist, returned to his laboratory with a prodigious fragment of granite, which he ground to powder, dissolved in acids, melted in the crucible, and burned with the blow-pipe, and published the result of his experiments in one of the heaviest folios of the day.
'The Alchemist' castigates quackery and its foolish encouragers; and
According to the great alchemist, Pierre de Boniface, the diamond rendered a man invisible, and the agate of India made him eloquent.
Soldier, statesman, and alchemist. Which latter was the highest development of the science knowledge of his time.
The care imprinted in the lines of Caleb's face, and his absorbed and dreamy manner, which would have sat well on some alchemist or abstruse student, were at first sight an odd contrast to his occupation, and the trivialities about him.
He added: "Distillation is an 800-year-old scientific process, so we're trying to pay homage to the alchemists and put the science back into making products - it's about being scientifically pure.
The 'Fullmetal Alchemist' manga follows the story of brothers and alchemists Edward and Alphonse Elric in an alternate historical timeline, where alchemy is one of the most-practiced sciences.
Shamans, Witch Doctors, Wizards, Sorcerers, and Alchemists
The Chemistry of Alchemy: From Dragon's Blood to Donkey Dung, How Chemistry Was Forged comes from three chemists who show how the alchemists' quest involved real science and unusual experiments in pursuit of knowledge, and use the writings of these alchemists to consider the progress of discovery of acids, alkalis, salts and more.
Drawing on recent research that had deciphered much of alchemical code, they show that alchemy had a much stronger theoretical foundation than previously believed, and that, despite its largely irrational foundational beliefs, alchemists managed, through more error than trial, to discover much of the fundamental knowledge that underlies modern chemistry.
This is just what the alchemists were interested in, so they latched onto Hermes Trismegistus as their patron.
The conclusion to the Iron Witch series finds seventeen-year-old Donna Underwood removed from Ironbridge, Massachusetts, to London serving out a "sentence" for having unleashed Demian the Demon King, studying under two alchemists to recreate the Philosopher's Stone.