The chymistry of "The Learned Dr Plot" (1640-96)

Roos, Anna Marie (2014) The chymistry of "The Learned Dr Plot" (1640-96). Osiris, 29 . pp. 81-95. ISSN 0369-7827

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Abstract

In the seventeenth century, there were developing norms of openness in the presentation
of scientific knowledge that were at odds with traditions of secrecy among
chymists, particularly practitioners of chrysopoeia, or the transmutation of metals.
This chapter analyzes how Dr. Robert Plot, the first professor of chymistry at Oxford,
negotiated these boundaries within an institutional context. I first delineate his
chymical and experimental practice, which incorporated procedures from medieval
alchemical sources, particularly the Lullian corpus, as well as more novel practices
from seventeenth-century chymistry. Then, I analyze how personal and institutional
ambitions and economic considerations shaped to what extent Plot negotiated the
boundaries between secrecy and the public dissemination of chymical knowledge.

Additional Information:Osiris: Volume 29: Chemical Knowledge in the Early Modern World
Keywords:chemistry, Robert Plot, University of Oxford, Ashmolean, Raymond Lull, transmutation, NotOAChecked
Subjects:V Historical and Philosophical studies > V214 English History
V Historical and Philosophical studies > V142 Modern History 1600-1699
V Historical and Philosophical studies > V380 History of Science
V Historical and Philosophical studies > V382 History of Chemistry
Divisions:College of Arts > School of History & Heritage > School of History & Heritage (History)
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ID Code:14610
Deposited On:05 Aug 2014 07:46

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