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Kekulé’s Ouroboros Dream and the Structure of Benzene

By |2019-02-25T17:02:26+03:00February 25th, 2019|Categories: Culture, Knowledge|Tags: , , , , , |

Friedrich August Kekulé, later Friedrich August Kekule von Stradonitz was a German organic chemist. From the 1850s until his death, Kekulé was one of the most prominent chemists in Europe, especially in theoretical chemistry. Kekulé's most famous work was on the structure of benzene. In 1865 [...]

Paracelsus: An Alchemical Genius of the Renaissance

By |2018-10-13T12:09:43+03:00October 13th, 2018|Categories: Culture, Knowledge|Tags: , , , , , |

Auroleus Phillipus Theostratus Bombastus von Hohenheim, immortalized as “Paracelsus,” was born in 1493. He was the son of a well-known physician who was described as a Grand Master of the Teutonic Order, and it was from him that Paracelsus took his first instruction in medicine. [...]

Frankenstein and the Birth of Modern Science

By |2018-09-07T00:20:39+03:00September 7th, 2018|Categories: Culture, Knowledge|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

Mary Shelley wrote Frankenstein when she was just 18, and it is often read as a gothic horror story and a prophetic warning about the dangers of taking science too far. Author Suzanne Burdon, however, argues that the book can teach us a lot about [...]

Alchemy and the Evolution of Modern Science

By |2018-07-17T17:09:15+03:00July 17th, 2018|Categories: Culture, Knowledge, Spirituality, Substances|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |

The Origins of Today's "Central Science" Many of the earliest chemists, physicians, and philosophers were also alchemists. The word alchemy brings to mind a cauldron-full of images: witches hovering over a boiling brew, or perhaps sorcerers in smoky labs or cluttered libraries. Despite these connotations [...]

What Was The Philosopher’s Stone?

By |2018-11-22T00:18:28+03:00May 2nd, 2017|Categories: Culture|Tags: , , |

From the Middle Ages to the late 17th-century, the so-called Philosopher’s Stone was the most sought-after goal in the world of alchemy, the medieval ancestor of chemistry. According to legend, the philosopher’s stone was a substance that could turn ordinary metals such as iron, tin, [...]