The Foundations of Newton’s Alchemy: Or,’The Hunting of the Greene Lyon’
by B. J.T. Dobbs
Publisher:Cambridge University Press, 2009
Condition: fine. A tight clean volume with some minor signs of wear on the spine
Sir Isaac Newton left at his death a large collection of papers on alchemy, mostly in his own handwriting; the importance of this legacy has been debated ever since. When it first appeared, Professor Dobb’s detailed analysis of the foundations of Newton’s alchemical pursuits further stimulated interest in the subject by firmly establishing the importance of alchemy in Newton’s thought. This book sets the foundations of Newton’s alchemy in their historical context in Restoration England. Newton’s alchemy is thus seen as a link between Renaissance Hermeticism and the rational chemistry and mechanics of the eighteenth century.