What can you learn from alchemy today?
Nothing. Alchemy was abandoned because it didn't work. Some of the things that did work became chemistry. No one successfully turned lead into gold. Nor did anyone successfully create the philosopher's stone. Alchemy was basically chemistry with a lot of magic thrown into it. The alchemists were sorcerer want to be's. They attempted to conjure spirits, and use spells on chemicals that they believed contained magical properties, all in a vain attempt to convert base metals into something of greater value. Even Isaac Newton, probably the greatest scientific mind of the last 500 years, accomplished nothing in alchemy, even though he experimented with it for decades.
Well Alchemy is the belief that you can turn any metal into pure gold. This was a real scientific practice long ago and many sorcerers tried it also. What Literary Alchemy is, I don't know but Alchemists and Sorcerers who tried Alchemy are on Chocolate Frog Trading Cards. What Literary Alchemy really is and if Harry and co. ever learn it at Hogwarts, I don't know.
Yes, studies of alchemy date back thousands of years to a time when he difference between alchemy and chemistry were unknown. Today very few scientists study alchemy because other fields of research like physics and chemistry have more practical applications, and are somewhat easier to logically comprehend.
Why yes, there are. Alas not many of us practice in public. I am an alchemist. Taking up alchemy is quite easy actually. If you wish to learn alchemy, the best place to start is at your local Barns n Nobel or Books a Million. Look in the philosophy section. There you will find all sorts of books on alchemy
My best guesses would be: 1. To produce gold (Au) from other elements. 2. To explore what we today know as chemistry. Alchemy supposedly is foundation or "birthright" to modern chemistry, which dates from somewhere in the end of the 18th century. Alchemy drew primarily upon metallurgy, chemistry and philosophy.
Answer 1: part of alchemy was taking certain things and turning them into something else. e.g cooking. Answer 2: It is always real and will always be. the main true goals of alchemy were: 1. "perfect" ordinary metals into their purest state: gold 2. "perfect" humans into their purest state: everlasting life and/or eternal youth through the "elixer of life". 3. (some other minor and less popular goals were to create a "universal solvent", a…
Alchemy, a process to transmute or change matter, was what we know as chemistry today. Aristotle's idea was that all matter combined earth, fire, air, and water, and could be changed by adding heat or cold, or dampness or dryness. In the late 1700's,scientists figured out that heat was not a part of matter. After the 1700s, atomic theory replaced alchemy.
The decline of alchemy began during the 18th century with the birth of modern chemistry, which provided a more precise and reliable framework for the making of medicine and the transmutation of matter, within a new grand design of the universe based on rational materialism. Alchemy is still practiced by many today mostly in the form of philosophy, spiritualism, or mysticism under the category of hermeticism.
When the word alchemy is used today it generally refers to the practice of transmutation: making gold and silver from base metals like lead, tin and copper. In both the Middle Ages and the early modern period, however, the terms alchemy and chymistry (in Latin, alchemia or chymia) were often used interchangeably, and thus alchemy referred to a diversity of practices that included dye-making, metallurgy, the manufacture of mineral acids, and other practical pursuits. Until…