Mixing this with melted metal would create gold (Philosophers Stone). This is what misled alchemist throughout history. They were constantly pursuing a substance that didn’t exist. However, they had much reason to... ... middle of paper ... ...d "Alchemy and the Road to Modern Chemistry." Alchemy and the Road to Modern Chemistry.
Because other metals were thought to be less perfect than gold, it was reasonable to believe that nature created gold out of other metals found deep within the earth and that a skilled artisan could duplicate this process. It was said that once someone was able to change, or transmute a "base" chemical into the perfect metal, gold, they would have achieved eternal life and salvation. In this way, alchemy turned into not only a scientific quest, but a spiritual quest as well. Although the purposes and techniques were often times ritualistic and fanciful, alchemy was in many ways the predecessor of modern science, especially the science of chemistry.The birthplace of alchemy was ancient Egypt, where, in Alexandria, it began to flourish during the Hellenistic period. Also at that time, a school of alchemy was developing in China.
Though spiritual alchemy is interesting, I wanted to discuss alchemy in general. Alchemy was a proto-scientific study of air, water, earth and fire. It was also the study of transmutation which was the process of turning lead into gold and it was the study of many other proto-chemical or proto-physical things like The Elixir of Life. It is also known as the “old” science or like mentioned above “proto-science”. Alchemy also had belief and faith instead of firm facts.
The atomic discovery also helped us find our periodic table of elements. The periodic table of elements is a huge scientific chart that shows important facts with the help of its formation. There was a lot of constant scientific research that went into making the periodic table of elements and what it is today. The idea of the atom started all the way back from the ancient Greece. What is sad about this is that one philosopher’s idea it was rejected by the rest of the philosophers of the time.
Typically, people focus on these things when it comes to discussing alchemy, but besides the transformations executed and the magic performed, wasn’t it just a spiritual quest in a psychoanalytic form to make sense of the universe. It follows that Alchemy could have been taken up at any time in the span of civilization, or by any one person and ... ... middle of paper ... ...xactly the same weight. (Dalton mistakenly used the word weight instead of mass, and ever since then, chemists have referred to this amount as atomic weight instead of mass.) In modern atomic chemistry, scientists have resolved this third postulate to say that elements are classified by the nuclear charge of their atoms because the mass of an atom does slightly differ from the next within an element and therefore is not perfectly precise. Furthermore, John Dalton concluded that when elements react, their atoms combine in simple, whole number ratios.
They believed that metals are compound bodies, made up of mercury and sulfur in different proportions. Their scientific creed was the potentiality of transmutation, and their methods were mostly blind gropings; yet, in this way, they found many new substances and invented many useful processes. >From the Arabs, alchemy generally found its way through Spain into Europe.
Bohr’s model caused scientists to start asking questions. Why did the hydrogen’s electron exist around the nucleus only in certain allowed orbits with definite energies (pg.104, ... ... middle of paper ... ...n what we know now. We can learn so much more from science and chemistry. Though it may not be a subject I particularly love, it has given us so much knowledge on life and our makeup. I have made many points in this paper, but they all center around one subject: Bohr’s model and how big of an influence it made on chemistry history.
This theory explains several concepts that are relevant to our knowledge of chemistry in today’s society. This includes what a pure gold necklace is made of, what makes the pure gold necklace different than a pure silver necklace, and what occurs when pure gold is mixed with copper. Dalton’s theory consists of: ...
The development of science can begin with a scientist experimenting on a certain subject. Afterwards, other scientists are able to expand on that specific experiment and compare results between them. It is akin to a chain reaction of knowledge where scientists continuously improve upon past theories. For example, a famous astronomer, Ptolemy believed in a geocentric view of the universe where all the celestial objects orbited the earth. However, as time went on, another astronomer proved that the universe was instead heliocentric, or “sun-centered.” The progression from geocentric view to ... ... middle of paper ... ...to help them get their desired results and therefore can produce the development of junk science that can brainwash the consumer.
The start of alchemy happened when alchemists, using influence from Aristotle, attempted to change cheap metals to gold, something that was an unheard of idea at the time, and they used something called a Philosopher’s Stone to do. Pope John XXII soon after issued an order saying that gold making was forbidden, but that didn’t stop the gold makers. The gold makers continued to try to create gold from simple and known metals, and they had no success do... ... middle of paper ... ... television would have been halted extremely if not for the invention of these tubes. Soon I feel that the vacuum tube will lead to even bigger things, with even more innovations in the field of vacuum tubes, and I feel like it will only get bigger from here on out. Chemistry is a huge topic, with history dating all the back to BC, a time where the country United States wasn’t even thought about yet, and now one of the few things that have advanced so far since that time period, has been chemistry.