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--Oops, do you mean a novel, "The Alchemist" by Paulo Coleho? Well, Wikipedia says it is, but I do not know. I'll leave my first answer so you can laugh at it.---

No, alchemists were real people. Without the understanding of chemistry that would come later, they were searching for things that didn't exist or could not be done - like waters that would prevent death and changing base metals into Gold.

In their attempts, they stumbled on many facts about materials, and established the philosophies that lead to the scientific method we use today.
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