Newton’s Philosopher’s Stone

the magisterium“the magisterium, our great work, the stone
The Alchemist” Act 1. Scene 4

Today we remember Sir Isaac Newton (1642-1727) for his contributions to optics, mechanics and astronomy, but as a typical scholar of his time he was also interested in more obscure knowledge, like provided by alchemy. Dedicating himself to this predecessor of chemistry Newton became also involved in early geological research…

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One Response to Newton’s Philosopher’s Stone

  1. Newton’s alchemical studies owe their popularization to Betty Jo Tetter Dobbs. And to the revelation of a number of obscure texts (i.e.”the Portsmouth Papers” ca. 1936) he devoted to the subject. It is remarkable how much more Newton wrote about alchemy and Biblical exegesis than he did on, say, optics.

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