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La ciencia no es solamente un cuadro del mundo presente: así como para entender lo que somos hoy y el grado de evolución que hemos alcanzado es indispensable comprender nuestro pasado, de la misma manera toda rama de la ciencia necesita rastrear en sus orígenes para descubrir plenamente su desarrollo actual.
Hardcover, 1st edition, 237 pages
Published August 30th 1957 by Fondo de Cultura Económica (first published 1949)
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Andrew Schirmer
Oct 10, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Due to its brevity and mainstream focus, F. Sherwood Taylor's "The Alchemists: Founders of Modern Chemistry" is necessarily incomplete. It is also out of date. However, these caveats are more than overcome by the knowledge imparted, and the accessible style in which it is written. I was drawn to this book by a footnote in Luca Turin's brilliant "The Secret of Scent". Taylor not only avoids belittling the accomplishments of the alchemists but manages to successfully demarcate well-known frauds fr ...more
Leonardo
Jul 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Everyone interested in the history of science
La historia de la alquimia es un tema apasionante, pero intricado y muchas personas aún lo reducirían a los intentos fallidos de transformar en oro diversos metales de menor valor. Afortunadamente, este breviario nos ofrece la oportunidad de zambullirnos en un mundo de experimentos pre-químicos, manuales complejos de autoría cuestionable y reflexiones filosóficas sobre la naturaleza de la materia y del alma. Sheerwood nos lleva desde la Antigüedad clásica (egipcia y griega) hasta el siglo XIX, c ...more
Luis Moreno
Nov 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"Los vecinos, que eran generalmente iletrados, le tomaban por brujo o nigromante. El superior eclesiástico podía pensar que empleaba el tiempo de manera improductiva. Si se trataba de un alquimista al que se le atribuía haber hecho oro, estaba en peligro de ser apresado por un potentado local o incluso por su soberano y obligado a hacer oro; lo cual no era cosa que cualquiera fuera capaz de hacer por encargo."

No era fácil la vida del alquimista.
Araminta Matthews
A decent, surface read of alchemical history as a potential precursor to chemistry and psychological transformation...but only surface.
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