The salt of the earth: natural philosophy, medicine, and chymistry in England, 1650-1750

Roos, Anna Marie (2007) The salt of the earth: natural philosophy, medicine, and chymistry in England, 1650-1750. History of Science and Medicine Library, 3 . Brill, Leiden. ISBN 9789004161764

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Abstract

Consisting of a series of case studies, this book is devoted to the concept and uses of salt in early modern science, which have played a crucial role in the evolution of matter theory from Aristotelian concepts of the elements to Newtonian chymistry. No reliable study on this subject has been previously available. Its exploration of natural history’s and medicine’s intersection with chemical investigation in early modern England demonstrates the growing importance of the senses and experience as causes of intellectual change from 1650-1750. It demonstrates that an understanding of the changing definitions of “salt” is also crucial to a historical comprehension of the transition between alchemy and chemistry.

Keywords:Chemistry, Alchemy, Royal Society, Paracelsus, Van Helmont, Natural History, Isaac Newton, Stephen Hales, History of Science
Subjects:V Historical and Philosophical studies > V214 English History
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)
ID Code:8076
Deposited On:18 Mar 2013 12:34

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