History of Alchemy
Alchemy is an ancient branch of natural philosophy, the modern chemistry and pharmacology.
Alchemy is a philosophical and protoscientific tradition practiced throughout Europe, Egypt and Asia. It aimed to purify, mature, and perfect certain objects. Common aims were :
- chrysopoeia, thetransmutationof “base metals” (e.g.,lead) into “noble” ones (particularly gold);
- the creation of anelixir of immortality;
- the creation ofpanaceasable to cure any disease;
- and the development of analkahest, a universal solvent.
Etymology: The word alchemy was borrowed from Old French alquemie, alkimie, taken from Medieval Latin alchymia, and which is in turn borrowed from Arabic al-kīmiyā’ (الكيمياء). The Arabic word is borrowed from Late Greek chēmeía (χημεία), chēmía (χημία), with the agglutination of the Arabic definite article al- (الـ). This ancient Greek word was derived from the early Greek name for Egypt, Chēmia (Χημία), based on the Egyptian name for Egypt, kēme khmi.
The Medieval Latin form was influenced by Greek chymeia (χυμεία) meaning ‘mixture’ and referring to pharmaceutical chemistry.
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Modern Day Chemistry
It is a branch of physical science concerned with the composition, structure and properties of matter.
Chemistry is sometimes called the central science because it bridges other natural sciences, including
physics, geology and biology.
The history of chemistry can be traced to alchemy, which had been practiced for several millennia in
various parts of the world.
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