public lecture: Prof. Lawrence Principe (John Hopkins): Alchemy at the Cutting-Edge: The Surprising Longevity of Gold-Making
The lecture will be followed by a small drinks reception in the Social Sciences foyer.
Alchemy did not part ways with chemistry in the seventeenth century, as most popular histories suggest and as many historians still believe. Transmutational alchemy—the attempt to turn base metals into gold—was practised by many leading members of the Paris Academy of Science in the first half of the eighteenth century. More surprisingly still, the practice persisted into the nineteenth century, when there was a remarkable but today scarcely noticed rapprochement between alchemy and chemistry, including among members of the Paris Academy. This lecture will appeal to a broad audience, including chemists, historians and classicists, as well as students in these disciplines.
Professor Principe is an IAS International Visiting Fellow, 7 - 11 May 2018, hosted by the Centre for the Study of the Renaissance. Further details here: https://warwick.ac.uk/fac/arts/ren/news_and_events/visitors/principe