Review: Priyamvada Natarajan on Ainissa Ramirez and Modern-Day Alchemy

The human desire to transmute matter dates back to ancient civilizations across the globe and was actively pursued in medieval and early modern times as alchemy, the pre-scientific ancestor of modern-day chemistry. Alchemy’s relationship to chemistry is akin to astrology’s relationship to astronomy, both attempting to connect the terrestrial with the ce…

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