437. Jennifer Rampling on Renaissance Alchemy

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An expert on Renaissance alchemy tells us how this art related to philosophy at the time... and how she has tried to reproduce its results!



Further Reading

 • J. Rampling, “Transmission and Transmutation: George Ripley and the Place of English Alchemy in Early Modern Europe,” Early Science and Medicine, 17 (2012), 477-99.

• J. Rampling, “John Dee and the Alchemists: Practising and Promoting English Alchemy in the Holy Roman Empire,” Studies in History and Philosophy of Science, 43 (2012), 498-508.

• J. Rampling, “Transmuting Sericon: Alchemy as ‘Practical Exegesis’ in Early Modern England,” Osiris, 29 (2014), 19-34.

• J. Rampling, “The Englishing of Medieval Alchemy,” Ambix 63 (2016), 268-72.

• J. Rampling, The Experimental Fire: Inventing English Alchemy, 1300-1700 (Chicago: 2020).

• J. Rampling, “Spirited matter and ingenious nature : accounting for alchemical change,” in R.J. Oosterhoff et al. (ed.), Ingenuity in the Making: Matter and Technique in Early Modern Europe (Pittsburgh: 2021).



Neville Park on 23 January 2024

Would you say that alchemists in Her Majesty's secret service…

…had a licence to distill?

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